Construction continues on the Little League baseball fields
It is shaping up to be a busy offseason at the Fairfield Little League facility, as renovations continue at the complex.
Currently, a new pressbox is being built on the south (major) field. The old pressbox, which was built in the early 1960s, had deteriorated to the point where it had become a safety issue.
There have been some things done to the pressbox in the last decade, such as new steps being built. The structure itself was a hazard. The Little League Board has decided to replace it with a new pressbox that will look similar to the one on the softball field. The face of the pressbox will extend to the ground, creating a ‘pitcher’s eye’, but will still allow fans to watch the game from behind the backstop.
This will be the third structure replaced on the major field. Two new dugouts were built this past spring as part of Operation Facelift, a three-year revitalization plan that started in 2013.
The dugouts have turned out better than anticipated. There are still some things left to fix, but construction should be completed by the start of the 2014 season.
The next item on the League’s wish list is new batting cages.
Last year, because of efforts from the city of Fairfield and Maharishi University of Management’s board of directors, Fairfield Little League was able to gain almost two acres of land to expand the facility.
The Little League Board unanimously approved the idea. Between the city, M.U.M, and Norm Gegner, who donated the pitching machines from the old golf facility, the wheels have been set in motion for this project.
The plan is to have three chain-link cages, each measuring 60-by-15-by-12. Two of the cages will have permanent pitching machines. However, all three cages will have a multi-purpose aspect to them.
Fairfield baseball coach Josh Allison built two pitching platforms, which can turn a batting cage into a bullpen. This will allow coaches the ability to use the cages as stations, working with players on both hitting and pitching. There will be different distances in each cage, allowing all age groups to use them effectively.
The cages will be available for all area ball clubs at any age group. Traveling teams will be able to use the facility to host weekend tournaments next season. This addition could make it more appealing to teams coming to Fairfield and potentially drive up tourism.
The estimated cost to build the cages and pressbox is approximately $23,100. So far, $14,950 has been raised.
There are agencies that have expressed interest in helping, but they have not been included in the total. As with any nonprofit organization, donations and sponsorships are counted on to achieve goals. All donations are greatly appreciated. But as an extra incentive, any business or individual who donates at least $100 will have their name placed on one of the walls of the new pressbox. Donators of more than $500 will have their name placed on a commemorative sign at the new batting cage site. If $1,000 or more is donated, that person will also have a sign placed on one of the four outfield fences for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. If a business or individual donates $5,000 or more, they will have naming rights to the cages themselves.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact Mark Myers by phone at 919-3653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 2288 in Fairfield.