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Local friends deepen relationship on the softball field amid COVID-19 pandemic

This week, adult softball players in Westlake stepped on the field for the first time since last year.

WESTLAKE, Ohio — A sport loved by millions was put on hold in March when Governor DeWine issued a stay-at-home order for all Ohioans due to the coronavirus. 

This week, adult softball players in Westlake stepped on the field for the first time since last year.

Anthony Elinger is a nurse at Hospice, former nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, and retired service member of the Navy.

He’s been playing softball since 1987 and said he loves coming back for the comradery and the relationships he forms with the guys. 

League Director Rakayla Iwais said some rules are required. The team is not allowed in the dugout, along with no spitting, no handshakes, and no high fives.

Although coronavirus numbers are still high in Ohio, the teams said they were just happy to be back on the field and understand the rules they must follow.

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