Fergus youth baseball to reconstruct Field 6Published 10:40am Friday, April 12, 2013
In hopes of creating a better tournament atmosphere, the Fergus Falls Youth Baseball Organization and the City of Fergus Falls are looking to reconstruct the softball field, known as Field 6, next to the American Legion into a full-time baseball field.
The field has been used for both baseball and softball the past few years after the Fergus Falls American Legion Club Post 30 invested a considerable amount into the field to acquire a scoreboard, building a pressbox and expanding the field.
The Fergus Falls and Hillcrest baseball teams and the junior high Vipers baseball team use the field during the school year for junior varsity games, while youth baseball and Fergus Falls Park and Recreation softball leagues use it during the summer.
The FFYBO went to the Fergus Falls City Council last year and proposed the idea to turn the dual purpose field into full-size youth baseball field. The council approved the project last month and the cost of the renovation will come from funds raised by the FFYBO, this includes grants, advertising, naming rights and private solicitations.
The city will continue to do maintenance on the field, as the city still controls the property. The cost for maintenance of the field will not increase.
“The project is going to be done in multiple phases, the total cost of the project is still being determined,” explained FFYBO member Brian Lohse. “The first phase of the project will be to address the infield, with future projects addressing the fencing, backstop and the dugouts.”
The renovation of the infield is projected to be completed by the end of the spring baseball season with the initial cost of $26,500 for the improvements.
Fergus Falls Park and Recreation Director Steve Plaza does not see the loss of the field affecting the future of the summer slow pitch softball leagues.
“It shouldn’t effect the softball program significantly. This loss of field 6 will limit the number of teams registrations per night to 20 teams and it might effect the Friday night men’s league, but I don’t anticipate that at this time,” Plaza said.
“The primary goal of the Fergus Falls Youth Baseball Organization is to restore Fergus Falls Baseball back to the “glory days” of Fergus Falls Baseball of the past,” FFYBO member Dan Prischmann said. “In the 50′s and 60′s, the name of Fergus Falls was synonymous with great baseball teams and players! Thanks to the vision that the FF American Legion Club and Harley Oyloe had for baseball here in Fergus Falls for so many years along the way, we can help to complete their plans for them.”
The organization will be holding their first fund raiser, a pork chop dinner, at the Eagles on May 22. Tickets can be purchased beginning on April 15 for the event.