Recognizing the 2020 Senior Class

The 2020 Senior class endured a season like no other.  Congratulations to this year’s class – many of whom are continuing their baseball careers at the collegiate level (*).

      • Alec McGinnis – Augustana *
      • Alex Smith – Carl Sandburg *
      • Ben Hanson – Heartland
      • Connor Stephenson – Case Western *
      • Daniel Ogden – St. Ambrose
      • Evan Ericson – Heartland
      • Evan Hutson – Illinois Wesleyan *
      • Evan Wallgren – Heartland
      • Garrett Swingler – Illinois Wesleyan *
      • Sean Shook – Heartland *
      • Will Kafer – Illinois Wesleyan *

Highlights from the 2020 season that never was……

In March, the COVID-19 pandemic totally disrupted the world as we knew it.  All of us were forced to shelter in place, wear masks in public, social distance, and limit the size of any gathering.  Students and teachers moved to an online learning model – one that is going to continue into the start of the fall academic year.

After just a few days of practice, the baseball season came to a screeching halt…..no Gulf Shores trip over spring break, no conference games, no games against rivals NCHS or U-High, no chance to play in the postseason….there was no season.

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, find a way to make lemonade.  This year required student athletes, coaches, and parents to make gallons of lemonade!  It tested the resolve of everyone in the West baseball program, and only reinforced Coach Hawkins’ core principals of “Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul.”

Here are a few highlights from the season that never was…..

A special video from the varsity players to Coach Hawkins (created by Cheryl Shook) – https://youtu.be/gpxNzKyIeBI

Alec McGinnis and Evan Hutson put things into perspective in this WMBD news interview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix8jr5XMDGA

Coach Hawkins’ interview with Randy Kindred – https://www.pantagraph.com/sports/high-school/baseball/watch-now-normal-west-baseball-coach-chris-hawkins-devastated-by-cancellations-but-finds-comfort-in/article_fe9ad2e8-2991-51ac-af02-d0ca9f100345.html

A video Coach Hawkins helped to create for the players this season – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NFqJNlEXnzrwsTZId5WvOzBmH6FpWW8v/view?usp=drivesdk

 

2020 Varsity Season Results

2020 Normal West Varsity Baseball Results

* Entire 2020 season was cancelled due to COVID-19

Date Opponent W/L Score Record Comments
03/17 vs. Rock Island 0 – 0 Cancelled
03/19 @ O’Fallon Tourney vs. Troy Triad 0 – 0 Cancelled
03/20 vs. St. Joe Ogden (JV) @ O’Fallon Tourney 0 – 0 Cancelled
03/20 @ O’Fallon Tourney vs. Oswego 0 – 0 Cancelled
03/23 @ Gulf Shores Tournament vs. Obion County (TN) 0 – 0 Cancelled
03/23 @ Gulf Shores Tournament vs. McGill Toolen (AL) 0 – 0 Cancelled
03/24 @ Gulf Shores Tournament vs. Oak Mountain (AL) 0 – 0 Cancelled
03/24 vs. Westbrook Christian (AL) (JV) @ Gulf Shores 0 – 0 Cancelled
03/25 @ Gulf Shores Tournament vs. Greenwood (AR) 0 – 0 Cancelled
03/26 vs. Yorkville (JV) @ Gulf Shores 0 – 0 Cancelled
03/31 vs. Pekin 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/02 vs. Lincoln-Way Central (JV) 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/04 vs. Jacobs H.S. 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/04 vs. Jacobs H.S. (JV) 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/06 vs. Sacred Heart Griffin 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/07 @ Danville 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/09 vs. Urbana 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/11 vs. Champaign Central (DH) 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/11 vs. Champaign Central (DH) 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/14 @ Peoria High School 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/16 vs. Peoria High School 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/18 @ Chatham Glenwood 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/18 @ Chatham Glenwood (JV) 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/21 vs. Champaign Centennial 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/23 vs. Moline 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/25 @ Bloomington (DH) 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/25 @ Bloomington (DH) 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/28 vs. Peoria Richwoods 0 – 0 Cancelled
04/30 @ Peoria Richwoods 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/01 vs. U-High 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/05 @ Normal Community 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/06 vs. Olympia (JV) 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/07 vs. Normal Community 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/09 @ Canton 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/09 @ Canton (JV) 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/12 @ Peoria Notre Dame 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/14 vs. Peoria Notre Dame 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/15 @ Kaneland 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/15 @ Kaneland (JV) 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/16 @ Sycamore 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/16 @ Sycamore (JV) 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/19 vs. Rantoul 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/22 vs. Lincoln 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/22 vs. Lincoln (JV) 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/23 Maine South 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/23 Maine South (JV) 0 – 0 Cancelled
05/25 @ REGIONAL Cancelled
Regional Semi Final
Regional Final
05/29 @ SECTIONAL Cancelled
06/04 @ SUPER SECTIONAL Cancelled
06/07 @ STATE Cancelled
06/08 @ STATE