|Scott's Bressler Field back in use after 15 years|
By NANCY WHITAKER
Progress Staff Writer
SCOTT - The Scott Ball Field had its opening day on Saturday thanks to many volunteers and village workers who helped with the effort to make the field playable again.
A storm from the previous night made the diamond wet, so it was decided to make the playing field in the grass. Volunteers worked putting down lines and bases then it was time to “play ball.”
Fans and spectators were told to bring lawn chairs and the day turned out to be perfect for ball. It has been almost 15 years since the park has heard the crack of a bat or the yells of support coming from parents and fans.
After 11 months of hard work by volunteers, it started to look like a real playing field. They fixed the concession stand and fencing, cleared the grass and weeds from the field and worked it to almost perfection, The old dugouts were painted and new bases put down. These people are responsible for the field’s current condition.
Coach Chris Martinez said, “The motivation to get the ball field usuable again was how kids were using iPods, Nintendo DS, and Vizio TV’s and not getting out riding bikes or playing ball with friends.
“Many of our kids played in other towns, but a lot didn’t because of the cost of gas and travel time. So this gave us a way to get our kids active close to home and be able to enjoy beautiful Bressler Park,” the coach continued.
“Another thing we do is offer fresh fruit, yogurt, Gogurt tubes, and applesauce in our concession stand along with other traditional items as well. People laugh when they see the menu because I have healthy snacks labeled and not-so-healthy snacks labeled too.”
Approximately 25 kids signed up to play ball this year, but more are expected next year. There are two tee- ball teams and next year one of those teams will play at the next level.
On Saturday the Variety Shop team played GH Real Waste team and Pond Seed played GH Ross’s Service Station. On site were a magicians, balloon sculptures and the Bookmobile, all great attractions.
Martinez said, “Volunteers can always be used, they can contact me at 520-227-6878. We have a lot to do at the field and concession stand yet. We will have a fundraising picnic in August and will need volunteers and sponsorships for that.
Team coaches for the Variety Shop are Chris Martinez, Joe Martinez while Pond Seed coaches are Jeremy Akom and Amber Ferguson.
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