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

 

2020 Varsity Schedule

2020 Varsity Schedule
Date Day Opponent H/A Time Location
03/17 Tue vs. Rock Island H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
03/19 Thur @ O’Fallon Tourney vs. Troy Triad A 7:30 PM SIU-Edwardsville
03/20 Fri @ O’Fallon Tourney vs. St. Joe Ogden (JV) A 10:00 AM Edwardsville H.S.
03/20 Fri @ O’Fallon Tourney vs. Oswego A 12:15 PM Edwardsville H.S.
03/23 Mon @ Gulf Shores Tournament vs. Obion County (TN) A 1:00 PM Robertsdale (AL)
03/23 Mon @ Gulf Shores Tournament vs. McGill Toolen (AL) A 3:00 PM Robertsdale (AL)
03/24 Tue @ Gulf Shores Tournament vs. Oak Mountain (AL) A 9:00 AM Gulf Shores Sportsplex (AL)
03/24 Tue @ Gulf Shores Tournament vs. Westbrook Christian (AL) (JV) A 1:00 PM Sims Park – Gulf Shores
03/25 Wed @ Gulf Shores Tournament vs. Greenwood (AR) A 11:30 AM Spanish Fort (AL)
03/26 Thu vs. Yorkville (JV) @ Gulf Shores A 12:00 PM Sims Park -Gulf Shores
03/31 Tue vs. Pekin H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
04/02 Thu vs. Lincoln-Way Central (JV) H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
04/04 Sat vs. Jacobs H.S. (DH – V/JV) H 11:00 AM NCWHS – Varsity Field
04/06 Mon vs. Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
04/07 Tue @ Danville A 4:30 PM Danville Stadium
04/09 Thu vs. Urbana H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
04/11 Sat vs. Champaign Central (DH) H 10:00 AM NCWHS – Varsity Field
04/14 Tue @ Peoria High School A 4:30 PM Peoria High
04/16 Thu vs. Peoria High School H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
04/18 Sat @ Chatham Glenwood (DH – V/JV) A 10:00 AM Chatham Glenwood H.S.
04/21 Tue vs. Champaign Centennial H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
04/23 Thu vs. Moline A 5:00 PM Dozer Park Peoria
04/25 Sat @ Bloomington (DH) A 10:00 AM Bloomington H.S.
04/28 Tue vs. Peoria Richwoods H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
04/30 Thu @ Peoria Richwoods A 4:30 PM Peoria Richwoods
05/01 Fri vs. U-High H 7:00 PM Corn Crib
05/05 Tue @ Normal Community A 4:30 PM Normal Community
05/06 Wed vs. Olympia (JV) H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
05/07 Thu vs. Normal Community H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
05/09 Sat @ Canton (DH – V/JV) A 10:00 AM Canton
05/12 Tue @ Peoria Notre Dame A 4:30 PM Peoria N.D.
05/14 Thu vs. Peoria Notre Dame H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
05/15 Fri @ Kaneland (DH – V/JV) A 4:00 PM Kaneland H.S.
05/16 Sat @ Sycamore (DH – V/JV) A 10:00 AM Sycamore H.S.
05/19 Tue vs. Rantoul H 4:30 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
05/22 Fri vs. Lincoln (DH – V/JV) H 4:00 PM NCWHS – Varsity Field
05/23 Sat Maine South (DH – V/JV) H 11:00 AM NCWHS – Varsity Field
05/25 Mon @ REGIONAL TBA TBD Regionals Start
Regional Semi Final
Regional Final
05/29 Wed @ SECTIONAL TBA TBD
06/04 Tue @ SUPER SECTIONAL TBA TBD
06/07 Fri @ STATE TBA TBD
06/08 Sat @ STATE TBA TBD