PORT ORANGE, FL - THE LAST DANCE: COVID-19 EDITION
This year's Spruce Creek Hawks Baseball team was one of the top-ranked high school programs in the country in the Spring of 2020. The Hawks were a favorite to win the FHSAA Class 8A State Championship title.
The 2020 Hawks boasted five key senior players, four of whom will play baseball in college – and the fifth, Zac Veen, was just drafted #9 in the 2020 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies.
This team was stacked, and was well into a state title run with a 9-0 overall record when COVID-19 happened. The seniors' last season of high school baseball ended abruptly in mid-March when high school sports were canceled across Florida.
All that work the team put in, all that potential glory, was suddenly "The Last Dance: COVID-19 Edition." This team had grown up playing baseball together, honing their skills together, all for one collective dream: winning the State Championship.
We wondered what it’s like to be part of such an outstanding group of athletes, and to have your shot at greatness suddenly taken away. So we asked the Spruce Creek Baseball's Class of 2020.
In this exclusive video from HS Sports, Spruce Creek Seniors Zack Bennett, Sal Grinstead, Cameron Orie, and Camden Trificante share how the abrupt end of their season impacted them, what they learned, and what comes next.
If you want to see more of this team in action, check out highlights of their game versus Seminole from March. Coincidentally, this was the last game that HS Sports filmed before local high school sports were put on hold, then called off for the season.