Residents Hoping for New Ball Field

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

A lonely backstop is all that stands in a field near William Perry Elementary in Waynesboro. But some residents hope it will soon be home to a new field - for the Waynesboro Youth Baseball and Softball League's challenger and softball divisions.

"With the new field, we can have more teams, and play more games, have tournaments, and do a lot of great things with these leagues," said Betty Siron, the league's player agent.

Though nothing has been confirmed, some initial measurements for the new field have already been done. League officials have been working for years to get a new field, in part because the challenger division's current home doesn't have the proper accessibility.

"Wheelchairs won't fit into the dugouts," explained Siron. "There's a mound that's really in the way of the kids."

And for the softball division, it's even worse - they currently have no home field.

"Last year we had to travel everywhere. We did not have one game at home," said Cathy Curtis, head of the softball division. "And so the numbers were dwindling because there was nowhere to play."

Waynesboro City Council is expected to vote Monday night on whether or not to allow the field to be built at William Perry. Both Siron and Curtis say they're confident the location will be approved.

They hope the new field can be finished in time for at least part of the upcoming baseball and softball seasons. The construction costs would be split between the city, and an $11,000 award from Frito Lay given to the challenger division last year.

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