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story.lead_photo.caption Texarkana Twins third baseman Shea Guterrez catches the ball and throws it to the first base for an out against the Acadiana Cane Cutters on Friday at George Dobson Field in Spring Lake Park in Texarkana, Texas. Photo by Hunt Mercier / Texarkana Gazette.

TEXARKANA, Texas — The Texarkana Twins' 2020 season is expected to begin in about three months as originally planned despite growing concerns of COVID-19.

Although, that could always change depending on circumstances surrounding the new coronavirus.

The Texas Collegiate League has been closely monitoring all advisories and updates from state and local health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will continue to provide updates as soon as they are made available, according to a press release.

"In the meantime, we expect to begin the 2020 season as scheduled almost three months away from now," TCL President Uri Geva said. "The safety and security of our fans, players, staff members and families are the priority concern for all decision making for the TCL.

"The league will continue to take any and all precautionary measures recommended by state and local health authorities prior to our baseball season."

As far as Texarkana head coach Brandon Schmidt is concerned, he just wants to play ball.

"The guys we have so far and the guys we will keep getting will be very hungry to play after this layoff," Schmidt told the Gazette relating to the recent coronavirus outbreak. "I can't wait to get down there and get our guys ramped back up."

The Twins, who are coming off a 2019 campaign that saw them reaching the postseason, are scheduled to begin their season with a two-game series against the Victoria Generals on May 28 at George Dobson Field at Spring Lake Park.

"I'm excited to see a lot of fans at Opening Day after some time off from baseball," Schmidt said. "I know this year will be a great year and we're ready to win it all."

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