Alex Pruitt

Alex Pruitt figures his baseball days are probably over.

The NC High School Athletic Association halted all sports activities around the state in mid March as a precaution against spread of the coronavirus, but the association has held out the possibility play could resume later in May. Pruitt, Bartlett Yancey's first baseman, is skeptical.

“I don't know if it's canceled for sure,” he said. “But it seems like it will be.”

That, he said, will be a shame. He's a senior and doesn't plan to play in college.

“I hate it happened,” Pruitt said of the suspension. “We all thought we could do something, maybe win conference. I'm thankful for all the good times we had. I just wish we could have finished the rest of the season.”

In hopes that the season would resume, he said he and some teammates got together for practice on their own soon after the suspension. But they haven't practiced in a while, he said.

The pandemic has also shut down schools, halting or leaving in question such long dreamed off occasions like prom and graduation.

“It's bad that it's happening, but you can't really do anything about it,” Pruitt said.

Baseball is his only sport at BY. He started playing when he was very young. His parents, he said, got him into it.

“They signed me up when I was little and I liked it,” he said. “I've always played with people I know, with my friends.”

He started playing rec league ball, he said, then advanced to a travel team.

He expects to head to the Appalachian State University next fall and figures he'll probably study something in the medical field. At BY his favorite classes have been math and science, he said.

“I been decently good at (math),” he said. As for science, he said: “I've always just liked the classes. They've been fun and interesting.”

As part of the yearbook class earlier in the year, he said he helped plan it and put it together.

“I liked being involved in my senior yearbook,” Pruitt said. “I just tried to help make it memorable.”

He has spent part of his unexpected free time hunting, fishing and keeping up with school work. He said he killed a turkey this spring. Last fall he got a deer.

“I like to hunt,” he said. “Sometimes you can just get away from everything and enjoy peace and quite.”