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St. Marys skipper Ed Wilson rebuilt and raring to go for baseball

File Photo St. Marys skipper Ed Wilson and Williamstown skipper Terry Smith congregate with officials before the start of a 2018-19 regular-season contest. Wilson is ready for baseball after a hip and knee replacement.

ST. MARYS — Ed Wilson was more than ready to get after it this spring for the prep baseball season.

The longtime St. Marys High School skipper noted “I got my hip and knee replaced so I don’t have to use the cane anymore so I’m good to go.”

Coach Wilson said they used four flex days during the winter and actually got nine official practices in before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last month.

“Plus we lifted weights every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of every week and we started that about the middle of November,” he said. “It’s kind of disappointing, especially for our seniors.

“I’ve got one senior, Brendan Fox, he’s really worked hard at it, in the weight room all the time and always going somewhere out on his own pitching and hitting. I feel sorry for him and a couple other seniors I have. It’s a shame.”

With chances of having any kind of a season looking slim, Wilson had lots of reason for optimism entering his 31st year.

“I was really looking forward for this season,” said the coach. “We had a couple older boys that are athletic and played basketball and one wrestled and I think they could’ve helped quite a bit. They are probably not going to get the chance to do it.

“I was hurting for pitchers and I think both of those kids could’ve stepped in and pitched some for us. William Steele and Brennan Boron were going to come out and I had a couple other basketball players that were going to come out. It’d be nice if we could get a few games in.”

Having plenty of time on his hands, Wilson is doing his best to keep active and help where he’s needed.

“Not too bad,” he replied when asked how things were going overall considering the circumstances. “Just trying to keep busy doing something. I got a cabin out on Bull Creek. I go out and piddle around out there by myself. I go up to my mother’s and check on her every lunch time.

“She’s 93 and I go check on her to make sure she doesn’t need anything from the drug store or anything else, a bite to eat. Hopefully this stuff will change here one of these days so we can get back to normal again. I’d like to go fish a little bit, but the creek and river has been too muddy.”

Along with being able to pass some time in his garage, the pandemic also has given Wilson plenty of opportunities to reflect on things in general.

“It’s a different life for everybody,” added the coach. “I told the kids maybe get out on your own and maybe throw some, shag some flies or throw a few pitches. The way it is they don’t want you doing anything like that, but we have a couple kids who have batting cages.

“I don’t know if they’ve been hitting, but I figure some are taking frustrations out on that baseball. Hopefully we can get back out on the diamond. I keep looking at my schedule. Who do we have today that we are not going to get to play.”

Of course, the day eventually will arrive when Wilson hangs it up and coaches his last game, but that’s not something he’s prepared to do just yet.

“I’ve got a grandson down in Lexington,” Wilson stated. “He’s playing baseball. He’s not playing now with all this virus. He’ll be a freshman next year down in Kentucky.

“My wife is on me all the time, when are you going to give it up? One of these days. Something you’ve done for 30 years, it’s hard to give up.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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