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In a Crisis, Even a Gift From the N.C.A.A. Begets Turmoil

“When I saw his name in the batting order, I flashed back to seeing my name there for the first time,” Kapuscinski mentioned. The subsequent afternoon, Kapuscinski struck out with the tying run at second to finish the eighth inning in a 2-1 loss to East Tennessee State. Four days later, on March 12, he realized he might by no means have one other at-bat.

The Marist gamers had been advised to satisfy of their locker room at 2 p.m.Chris Tracz, the Marist coach, walked in 15 minutes late. Kapuscinski glanced on the notepad in his coach’s hand and noticed “Eligibility?” written on it.

He knew instantly that the season was over.

It was a protracted, tearful assembly. Tracz advised his gamers that this might be their technology’s 9/11 — a second they might at all times keep in mind.

“Nobody prepares you for telling you your season — and your career — is over,” mentioned Tracz, who may have 5 seniors returning. “These guys put in a lot of time and sacrificed a lot. Tyler had surgery and rehabbed. To see that pulled away, even for the right reasons — you don’t want to have those conversations. I just told Tyler I was sorry, I loved him and that we’d do whatever we could to make it work.”

The gamers dispersed the following day, returning dwelling.

Kapuscinski is taking part in a number of video video games, attending class on-line and considering. He had been interviewing for gross sales positions final fall, however as he immersed himself in baseball, that every one appeared so distant. Not anymore.

“Right now, I’m just wrapping my head around things,” he mentioned, lamenting that he can not see his girlfriend as a result of doing so would put members of the family in danger. “I can only imagine what other people are dealing with, because everything is crashing down around me. I’ve lost that sense of security in knowing I have time to figure it out. It’s overwhelming. If you didn’t have your career planned out, it’s a very indecisive time.”

Earlier this week, he left the home along with his brother to discover a baseball subject. The first two they visited had been closed. Then they tried their previous center faculty diamond. It was open. Justin squatted behind dwelling plate, and Tyler went to the pitcher’s mound.

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