With the disruption to school and sports brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Nick Stanley figures his days playing competitive baseball are likely over.
But perhaps not his time on the diamond.
The Bartlett Yancey senior right fielder hopes to play intramural ball at UNC-Chapel Hill over the next several years and in an adult league after that.
But he’ll no doubt miss his baseball playing days.
“I’ve been playing pretty much since I was little,” Stanley said. “I like the culture, where you’re with a bunch of friends, having fun.”
He started playing tee ball at age four or five, he said, then graduated to rec ball and travel ball before high school.
He played freshman year at BY until a finger injury sidelined him toward the end of the season. An injury to his throwing arm cut short his sophomore season and kept him out his junior year as well. So he was counting on a full senior season.
“This coronavirus is really taking away time that I missed,” he said. “It’s taking away the memories that I’d make.”
It has also halted or thrown into question other long dreamed of senior year events like prom and graduation. Had he known the last time he left school in mid March that he might never step back into its halls as a student he said he would have taken a few moments to take it all in, capture the memory.
“It was kind of devastating the way it ended,” Stanley said.
At UNC, he plans to study pharmacy and hopes to head off to pharmacy graduate school after college.
“I always liked science and math,” he said. “I kind of figure a medical career would be good. That’s right down my alley with science and math.”
To prepare, he said he took a pharmacy tech course last summer at Alamance Community College. He hoped to take the pharmacy tech licensing exam to qualify him to work in a pharmacy during college. But the coronavirus has made it difficult to schedule that exam, he said.
He has taken welding courses during high school in hopes of getting a certificate in that, too. But again, he said, the pandemic has made that difficult.
His plan, he said, has been to work in either a pharmacy or welding shop while in college to help cover expenses.
“College is expensive,” he said.
With school closed since mid March, Stanley said he has spent lots of time fishing, hunting and doing school work.
“That’s taking up a majority of my time,” he said of his computer work for school. But that hasn’t been easy since he doesn’t have high speed internet. His satellite connection, he said, sometimes cuts out in the middle of his work, wiping out everything he’s done.
“My internet really sucks,” Stanley said.