Gulf Coast softball coach reacts to season being halted

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WCEP) Call it an abrupt end to the Juco softball season, and the hurt is certainly being felt by the Lady Commodores, thanks to the coronovirus scare.

The NJCAA, Monday, making it official, ending all spring sports, including softball on the junior college level. For the Gulf Coast Commodores, under the guidance of first year coach Scot Thomas, that means the team's final record ends up at 20-8. All those games non-conference, the Panhandle Conference season opener originally scheduled for this Friday.

The Commodores seeming to find their stride in a big way in the two weeks leading up to the season being canceled, having won ten straight games, all part of a long homestand that was leading into league play.

Thomas knowing that this cancellation will bring serious disappointment to not only himself, but everyone in the organization.

"Well it just kind of breaks your heart," Thomas says. "You know in my case, this is just me being selfish, I'm coming back into it, I have a great group that's given me so much effort and just really put so much time and effort into it. Thought we were really heading in the right direction. And then to have it kind of cut short, you know it's tough for them. It's tough for our staff and just real disappointing."

Thomas also adding that this adversity is a great life lesson for his team.

"We sat back and talked at the field yesterday, just sat back and talked about...I actually sat behind them and had them look at an empty field and said 'you know all those days that you complain about getting up at six o'clock in the morning, lifting and whatever is going on that day, you don't feel like doing, you're in your head thinking those types of things, that's how quickly it can be taken away from you. For some people that's it.' You know I think it gives us a new respect for being able to be on the field and enjoy what we enjoy doing."

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