No players. No bats. No balls. No umpires. No fans.
Just lawnmowers, weed eaters, and sprinklers.
That about sums it up for PCA baseball coach Tommy Goodson. Since the coronavirus shut schools down and baseball season came to a screeching halt Goodson has been making progress in other ways.
“I’m doing anything I can do to keep things up and going. My mind is running a hundred miles an hour and thinking about things I can do to improve PCA,” Goodson said. “I pride myself on saying that my baseball field is ready for play today, and it is. Unfortunately, there is no more baseball and, I don’t think we will see any summer baseball either.”
Goodson has been a well-known baseball figure in Montgomery for years. He was the head coach at Jeff Davis and Prattville and an assistant at Saint James before coming to PCA last year. He has lived in the Prattville – Millbrook area for quite some time as do other relatives. When he had the chance to come to PCA he was afforded an opportunity to be a head coach again and have a permanent location for his final stretch as a coach. When it comes to taking care of a field Goodson is no amateur. “I love doing this kind of stuff. I’m doing things all over the campus. I would rather be playing baseball but our season is over and all of this has to be done,” Goodson said.
“We are planning to put a locker room area down here next to the baseball field. Also, we hope to do some improvements to our batting cages. I’m hoping to get a warming track from one dugout to another. Of course I’m thinking of all kinds of things to do to improve our program,” Goodson said.
Goodson started his first year at PCA (3A) on a good note. He had 32 try out for the baseball team, which included only five seniors. His team came out of the gate and played impressively. In the shortened season the Panthers went 8-2. One of those losses came to Tallassee, always a major player in 4A, in an 11 inning game. The Panthers ended the season with an extra-inning victory over a highly rated Dadeville team. “It was a good season for us, it’s just too bad we only played 10 games. We had a very successful JV team also. I have a good bunch coming back next year,” Goodson stated. “The one thing I missed because the season was shortened is watching the young guys grow up. In some ways, we will need to start over with our young ones.”
“This past season was tough. It was hard doing anything because we really didn’t know where we stood with athletics,” Goodson said. “When the coronavirus came into play it was all stop and go. We were going back to play and then we weren’t. We were on hold. Then the season was canceled. We hear one thing after another as far as being able to do things and then we have a change of plans. Things are really still that way. We really don’t know about next year or what will happen. I’ll tell you this. I’ve learned to put everything in pencil.”