Baseball Illawarra is the latest South Coast sports causality of the Greater Sydney COVID-19 lockdown after the competition officially abandoned its 2021 season on Friday.
The competition, which featured five Shoalhaven Mariners teams in 2021, explained they had no choice but to pull the pin on this season's campaign in the diamond.
"With the NSW government's announcement the stay at home public health orders are being extended to at least the end of September, the competition committee regretfully announces the abandonment of its 2021 winter season," a Baseball Illawarra spokesperson said.
"The competition committee will be meeting as scheduled in early September to finalise the season and commence planning for 2022."
When the season was first sent to the dugout in June, due to the start of the Greater Sydney lockdown, the Mariners were sitting in first in second grade with a 5-1 record.
The Ison Park-based club was also leading the field in third grade with a 6-1 record, while being fourth (1-5) in fourth grade.
The Mariners also sat in fifth (1-6) in fifth grade and sixth (1-8) in sixth grade.
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