Grambling softball shuts down due to COVID issue

By T. Scott Boatright

The Grambling State softball team has canceled its three-game home Southwestern Athletic Conference series scheduled against Southern this weekend due to a case of COVID-19 within the GSU program.

“We are going to continue what we’ve been doing as Grambling State’s athletics department and using an abundance of caution to prevent a major outbreak from occurring,” said GSU athletics director David “Rusty” Ponton Tuesday night. We have only one positive case right now, but because of the close proximity the team has been in we’re going to do everything we can to keep our student athletes safe. And right now down we feel the best thing to do is to shut things down until we have a better idea of what exactly is going on with the softball team.”

Grambling’s football team canceled two games to be played on March 30 and April 3 after three players within that program tested positive for COVID-19.

But the Tigers returned to the football practice for the first time in nearly three weeks on Tuesday to start preparing for GSU’s season finale in the Bayou Classic against to Southern to be played on April 17 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

“The football team is still practicing and the Bayou Classic is still on,” Ponton said. “And that’s a great thing. Hopefully things within that program will remain calm and safe, but we won’t forget our top priority is the health and safety of our student athletes.”

Grambling’s three-game home baseball series set to be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Southern also remains on schedule.

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