TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTWO/WAWV) – Wayne Newton post 346 manager Tim Hayes had a feeling this day would come when he received the phone call from his brother John informing him about the cancellation. Even with the heads up there is still a sense of loss from the manager.
“There’s still a sense of finality to it and not only that he and I made the decision together for our program once he gave me the news about the National Regional World Series that we weren’t going to try and have some sort of make shift season or try to play games we wanted to let everybody know now so that they could make other arrangements whether it be vacations or trying to play on a different team or whatever but we just felt like that is was the best thing to do for our program to kind of follow the example that National has set and not play,” he said.
Post 346 had a deep run last season that included a trip to the regional tournament in Charleston Illinois. Tim has fond memories of that summer and laments what might have been this year. “We were looking back talking when we got the news yesterday about playing in the state tournament last year and some of the plays that took place you know how about when this happened and then we got the guy in a rundown we got him out how about when we made that pitching change and we got a couple strike outs you know just memories that were made and certain things that kids say funny lines. It’s unfortunate that we’ll never know what memories would have been made this summer that we miss out on that’ll never be made because of this,” he said.
Tim also recognizes the support they receive from parents, fans and in some cases from people he doesn’t even know. “I view this team as Terre Haute’s team it’s the community’s team so many people care about the program I mean I was outside my office one day doing some work on the landscaping and we were getting ready to go to the National Regionals somebody drives by in a car and says hey you’re doing a great job with that team keep up the good work had no idea who they were so that’s pretty neat to know that people care enough to know what we’re doing in a strange way the community is coming together by staying apart because everybody is having to do the same thing for the benefit of everyone,” he said.