Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Building on Success

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Building on Success

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Golfmoor Little League had lots of success on the field last year, winning a state championship and advancing to the Great Lakes Region semifinals. League officials are now hoping to build - literally - on that success. The first part of the plan is underway now. Volunteers and local union apprentices are putting up a new backstop and dugouts, and a new grass infield has been installed. That will help Golfmoor bring in teams for tournaments on its home field.

"We are hosting the district Little League tournament for the major division this year," said Andy Cook, the commissioner of Golfmoor's 11-and 12-year-old major league. "And we are also hoping to host more Little League tournaments as the years go by. We need a nicer facility to do that." The major field for Golfmoor was formerly used by the Evansville Youth Baseball West before it disbanded. It sat vacant before Golfmoor moved in three seasons ago.

This is the first time Golfmoor has made any major improvements to the diamond, which is about 60 years old. Golfmoor also maintains several other fields behind Helfrich Park School "We have been in Little League now for four years, and we've been unable to host a tournament," said Cook.

"That may be due to the facility and having a field that fits the Little League dimensions. So when we took this field over it gave us the ability to do this renovation." Work on the field, which sits adjacent to Hose House No. 5 on West Maryland Street, started last fall when the old dugouts and backstop were torn down.

Workers have been working in the last few days, as weather permits, to put in cement blocks for replacements. The new backstop will feature a mesh net rather than a chain link fence. "We are working on a new block backstop and we are hoping to also put brick on it," said Cook. "And the wall will create new dugouts as well. We've already put down new Bermuda grass on the infield and we're hoping to add a warning track." Mike Fetscher, the secretary for the Golfmoor Little League Board, played on the field in the early 1980s when it was still used by Evansville West.

He said he's heard lots of good feedback from fellow West Siders about the renovations. "So many people on the West Side have a connection to that field," said Fetscher.

"Everybody that I have talked to, even people who were there 20 years before I played or longer, when we tell them what we are doing to the field they are very positive about it. For so many people, that was the first place they learned to play pitch and catch, or the first time they hit a baseball."

Golfmoor officials are hoping to do more with the facility, although they stress they'll first need approval from the city parks department.

Cook has laid out a plan he believes will take about $400,000 to $500,000 and between three and five years. …

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