Baseball cancellation hits home for new CMCC coach

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Baseball cancellation hits home for new CMCC coach

Postby MBRRadio » Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:55 pm

Former Dirigo and Mt. Abram high school coach Ryan Palmer was looking forward to starting his second stint with the Mustangs on Friday. Then the coronavirus wiped out their season.

Once North Atlantic Conference teams such as UMPI and UMaine-Farmington announced late last week that they were canceling their seasons, Palmer knew the Mustangs’ 17-game spring schedule would be the next domino to fall.

Last Sunday, CMCC and Southern Maine Community College jointly announced they were canceling their spring baseball and softball seasons due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus.

Palmer, 38, who played at CMCC 2001-03 and coached the Mustangs during fall baseball in 2013, was looking forward to hitting the ground running for his second stint.

Numbers and enthusiasm were strong when the team started practicing at Auburn’s indoor Ingersoll Turf Facility before the high school basketball tournament. Palmer was expecting an influx of talent from the school’s hockey program and a deep eight-man pitching staff to help the Mustangs build momentum for the fall season, which is when the Yankee Small College Conference holds its baseball championship.

Now, everything in the college game from spring recruiting to the fall season itself is in flux.

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