BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte College opted-in for Spring Semester sports. Baseball, track and field, and softball will have competitive seasons this year.
Last year, half the season was shut down due to the pandemic, but there are guidelines they have to follow before getting back out there.
"It's a huge step for me just to be able to get out on the field this year because without being able to get out on the field we wouldn't have been able to put up numbers which is what I need to make it to the next level," said Roadrunner Outfielder Isaac Schuck.
"For our kids to be able to get into some form of routine and be able to do what they love," said Head Baseball Coach Anthony Ferro. "We're very grateful for the opportunity."
Butte College opting in for Spring Semester sports, tees up teams to have their first games since March of 2020.
"It was really hard to go through and then having to go back home and not having a full facility that I can't go to every day..." explained Schuck. "Having that gap was very difficult especially not seeing live pitching for that amount of time, you have to get back into everything and hopefully everything is where it was."
The Roadrunners were able to practice during the fall, but climbing COVID cases halted it. This time, the team can practice with games insight.
"All that being said, we're able to practice in small pods, we have to social distance, we have to wear our mask, we have to make sacrifices," said Ferro."It's not like it used to be, but with that being said, our kids are willing to make those sacrifices so we're able to get out on that field."
Action News Now asked Coach Ferro, what their end goal is.
"It's funny that you ask that, there is no end goal because we're gonna play games and we don't know the rules right now, and the rules change every day. So, what we're trying to talk to our guys about is we can't get caught up in when we're gonna play, how many games we're gonna play, all we can really do is get caught up in the present," said Ferro passionately.
"All we tell our guys is every day how fortunate we are to be able to go on to the field, come onto this beautiful campus, and we can't lose sight or take advantage of that," he said. "So we have to social distance, we have to go home, we have to wear our masks, we have to do our part or else it can be taken from each one of us."
Coach Ferro went on to say all players will have to take a COVID-19 test Wednesday, then next week half of the players will be tested again, then the following week the other half, and so on and so forth.
Butte College Baseball is scheduled to play 28 games starting April 10.