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story.lead_photo.caption FileCalifornia High School senior Clayton Winkler lines up a hit during the second round of the 2019 District tournament. Winkler said he was heartbroken when the season was first delayed.

Players on the California Pintos baseball team were dealt some tough news when it was announced the baseball season would be delayed — and eventually canceled— due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Senior Clayton Winkler said he was absolutely heartbroken when he heard about the season being delayed.

"I didn't think the virus would ever come and affect Mid-Missouri," Winkler said. "But it sure has, and I think it's the worst thing to happen to any (who are) in school right now."

While at home, Winkler said he has his own workout routine to stay in shape and is also doing some yard work.

"I am outside working everyday, whether it be mowing or fixing fences," Winkler said.

Last week's news that the season has been canceled hit Winkler hard.

"I worked extra hard in the winter so I could shine this season and prove how good I am, but now that it's being thrown away, I am not sure what to do," Winkler said. "This is emotionally tragic, and I really hope I get another chance."

Fellow senior Carson Ash said he was not too surprised when he heard the season was delayed at first.

"There had already been other cancellations for sports in other leagues and states, so I assumed it was a matter of time before MSHSAA (the Missouri State High School Activities Association) delayed our seasons as well," Ash said.

When he heard the season was canceled, Ash said he was disappointed as he was looking forward to playing his senior season of baseball, but he understands why it was canceled.

"I understand the risk this pandemic brings, and the situation is out of my control," Ash said.

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