VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — This wasn’t the way Ethan Spraker had planned to spend his senior year.
“You have four years of baseball and you hope to have your senior year because that’s supposed to be the most fun year and you grow up playing with these guys,” Spraker said. “It’s nice to be up here one last time with them. Get to wear the William Byrd one last time so that’s nice.”
The Terriers shortstop had high hopes for his final season with his team.
“We’re definitely state contenders, we have a couple D1 guys,” Spraker said. “We had a lot of talent and we’ve had it the last couple years. This was the year it all came together.”
Until it didn’t.
When the pandemic canceled the spring sports season, the William Byrd senior needed a couple weeks to accept the reality that his high school career was over.
“You like wait all year to play baseball and then you don’t even get to and I mean you kinda just accept it,” Spraker said. “There’s nothing you can really do about it.”
But Spraker, who is baseball-bound for Eastern Mennonite University in the fall, did decide to make the most of the time he had.
“I’ve probably worked more now since the pandemic since I have more time,” Spraker said. “Just taking some ground balls hitting, the hard part is not having a live arm, that’s the only bad part.”
He’s grateful now that the “Last Inning” in Salem isn’t the last time he’ll be in a baseball uniform.
“It means a lot, especially since it’s a pandemic,” Spraker said. “It made me think that it means a lot more now. Can’t take it for granted.”
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