HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - April is here, but baseball is not.
The Sodbusters shake hands after a win.
"We have people that are literally scratching at the bit to play baseball," said Hastings Sodbusters co-owner and general manager Scott Galusha.
The owners and general managers in the Expedition League meet twice a week, via zoom, to talk about contingency plans for the season.
But the Sodbusters are optimistic that they will be taking the field on opening day May 26th.
"Now only time will tell if that happens, but we are working as diligently as we can to make sure that we're ready to go for that," said Galusha. "Now our roles have changed for sure in terms of what we're working on and how we're doing it, but we still are looking forward to baseball. And that seems to bring a smile to just about everyone's face as we continue to move forward."
Expedition team rosters are full of college players, and with no spring season, the demand to play summer ball is higher than ever.
"These kids are playing 40, 50, 60 games and now they're kinda gearing down and getting ready for summer. Well now that's not the case," said Galusha. "So coaches and players they need to get out there and play some baseball, and need to get some innings and get this done. So everybody is really excited at the hopes that we're going to play baseball this summer."
And there's no doubt the demand to watch baseball in a baseball community like we have here in the Tri-Cities is just as high.
"We feel really strongly that as long as we do our due diligence, and continue to get the message out that we want to play baseball and we want fans in the stands, that those fans are going to be out there. And they are going to come out in numbers," said Galusha.
Leading up to the season the Sodbusters are looking to give back to the community and support local businesses during these difficult times.
"When those families go and get some takeout from one of those small businesses, whether they're in Hastings or Grand Island, we are going to let you turn those receipts in for tickets to a baseball game," said Galusha.
Because to Galusha and the Sodbusters it's much more than just a game.
"There's way more than baseball that goes on at a Sodbusters game. It's a family deal and it's a community deal, and that's what's important to me."
Clouds of uncertainty remain but hopes are high that we will have baseball at Duncan Field very soon once again.
Scott Galusha - Hastings Sodbusters Co-Owner/General Manager
"Hopefully we are going to have baseball at beautiful Duncan FIeld, and it's going to get here sooner than we think," said Galusha. "Just god willing that we can get to a point where that's okay."