Delaware County’s Softball League’s May be Next Pandemic Casualty

Dawn McGrath of Appco’s Sports World/Duke’s Tavern during the Women's ASA Charity Classic. Image via Media News Group File Photo.

The pandemic has claimed another sports league, writes Terry Toohey for the Daily Times.

The Suburban Women’s Slow Pitch League commissioner, Chris Hoffman, announced no 2020 season out of safety concerns.

“I’m not risking players. I’m not risking families. I’m not risking umpires. I’d rather just cancel and look forward to next year. I’d rather be on the safe side,” he said.

It is the first softball league in Delaware County to cancel, but may not be the last.

Most are holding out hope for some kind season, shortened , a summer season merged with fall, or just a later fall season.

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine has said no teams can play until a region is in the green phase, after red and yellow, under Gov. Tom Wolf’s state reopening plan.

Delaware County’s still in the red phase, due to its relatively high volume of new COVID-19 cases.

Another issue is that ball fields are also closed due to the pandemic.

Pat McCarthy, president of Tinicum’s recreation board and youth organization, said players are welcome back as soon as permitted.

“The fields are being kept up and cut and are ready to go.”

Read more about the pandemic impact on softball leagues here.

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