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South Kortright graduate fighting to save college baseball season

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PHOTO SOURCE: Chris Champlin

SOUTH KORTRIGHT (WBNG) - Winter sports are starting to get canceled across the country, but one university in Connecticut has taken it a step further, canceling the spring sports season.

South Kortright graduate Chris Champlin was preparing for his freshman baseball season at Post University.

"This was the next chapter in my life and I was going to meet a bunch of new people and be friends forever and they are taking a year away from that," said Champlin.

Before his team could get a practice in, Post University canceled all competition until fall of 2021.

"They were looking at options other schools in Connecticut were doing and nothing worked," he said. "With the rising numbers right now and the predictions coming they didn't think we could play in the spring so they did it now."

The Post baseball team wasn't ready to give up. One of the school's seniors began a petition for the school to rethink the decision. With the help of the team, the petition is growing.

"Within a week we had 1,600 signatures and we are still hoping to get more," said Champlin.

On Monday, the team held a protest on campus to help grow the cause.

"They touched some of the administrators pretty good and they might reconsider the decision in December if things are going right," he said.

Champlin and his teammates will keep the effort up as they look to get their season back on track.

"The school is willing to work with us now which is a step in right direction," he said.

Post University classes are virtual through the 2020-21 academic year.

Jacob Seus

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