This year has been like a Frank Sinatra canticle. We were riding high in January and February, but we were shot down in March. That’s life in 2020.
I’m not one to complain. Since June came along and gave us hope, I’ve had something to look forward to. The Georgia High School Association allowed teams to begin conditioning on June 8.
We’ve gone nearly three weeks into the fall sports calendar. It’s been fun. I’ve seen some really good games. The softball game between Prince Avenue and Oglethorpe gave me a kick last week.
Like I said, I’m not one to complain. I’m happy there is a season of any kind. That being said, we’ve been really idle around here lately.
I’ve been oddly bored. I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king during all of this free time.
There’s been a ton of rain in the area. Every day starting on Thursday saw games rained out. Kam Caldwell was on her way to a great game with two home runs in her first two at bats at Prince Avenue Christian.
The rains came in the middle of the game and brought it to an end. Oconee County High School and North Oconee High School were scheduled to face off on Saturday in softball.
That didn’t happen. Mother Nature made reservations that caused OCHS and NOHS to call a ceasefire a day ahead of their first match of 2020.
Friday’s games were rained out as well. North Oconee was to have an intrasquad scrimmage when lightning and rain rocked the area and interrupted early on.
It’s frustrating. It’s a good problem to have in 2020. The fact that sports are being postponed due to rain is a relief.
That is a part of normal life. I’m starting to not only think about how long the season will last, but now the outcomes have become fun to think about.
Athens Academy’s volleyball team is now 12-1. They’ve been one of the highlights of the county so far.
They’re fun to watch. The play a high-flying style of play showcases a few powerful hitters along the front of their attack. They’re definitely worth the price of admission, the mask and the hand sanitizer.
PACS’ volleyball and softball teams have both been explosive so far. The softball team has averaged 5.2 runs a game so far.
The Volleyball team has a young energy to it that has made them fun to watch. OCHS’ volleyball team is at the beginning of a steady climb that could result in a special run in October.
NOHS’ softball team is much improved from the team that won only three games in 2019. I hoped that there were going to be a lot of fun storylines to follow on the other side of the dead week break back in July.
I’ve got to say the season has exceeded the expectations I had back then. It’s one we all have to cherish. When I say cherish, I also mean the rain delays, the cancellations and the sweet songs that pour through the speakers as we dart to our cars due a brief lightning delay.
If you want to enjoy the sunshine, you have to accept the clouds as well.
Jeremy Johnson is the sports editor for The Oconee Enterprise. Opinions expressed are those of the writer.