Layoff Unfamiliar Territory For Lang


By the end of this week, Montgomery County teams will have had 161 games cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coffeen official Louis Lang knows their pain all too well.

With 43 years of experience as an umpire, Lang’s schedule is usually filled with baseball and softball games by this time of year, but no teams equals no games, equals no umpires.

“I was scheduled to have a three week break between the basketball season ending and my spring sport schedule beginning,” Lang said. “In all honesty, I am not used to being at home as I schedule high school softball and baseball games along with college softball games six days per week during this time of the year. Of course, 2020 was scheduled to be my best college softball schedule that I have had in several years.”

The break has had some perks though. He has been able to prepare for mowing season with his family’s lawn care and landscaping business and has got to spend more time with his family.

“Theresa and I have spent more time together these last few weeks than what we have in almost 35 years of marriage!” Lang said. “I am not on the diamond, but I am enjoying taking care of our three-year-old granddaughter, Brooklyn, up to three days per week.”

It may not be a game, but it sounds like a pretty rewarding use for a few days off.


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