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Helena Senators open tryouts after first-day rainout

Posted at 5:46 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 16:20:44-04

HELENA -- "The Baseball Gods don't want us to play today," is normally uttered across every dugout as a storm begins to roll in. After a day of postponement, the Helena Senators were able to open their first day of American Legion Baseball tryouts on Friday.

Friday's tryouts were a bit different than years past, as the team implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and be in line with Governor Steve Bullock's Phase 1 requirements. Despite that, it was all smiles across the field as a sense of normalcy wafted through the air.

"There's a sense of excitement. It's just something that the kids -- they've been missing baseball," said Senators manager Jon Burnett. "We're about a month behind where we normally are and it gives them a sense of normalcy and we're excited to be out here and be able to compete. It's just something that we've all been looking forward to and we're happy we have that chance now."

Though baseball season is within reach, games can't be played until Montana enters Phase 2 of Bullock's plan to re-open Montana.