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Baseball field improvements at BHS moving ahead

BATAVIA – Improvements to the varsity baseball field at Batavia High School are underway after several groups have committed funds to the $190,000 project.

In October, Batavia School District 101 Board members approved agreements with Batavia Youth Baseball, the Batavia Bulldog Boosters, Batavia-based Eagle Concrete and the Batavia High School baseball team, which are committing funds to the renovation of the field’s backdrops and dugouts, estimated to cost $190,000.

The improvements got underway in November, Batavia High School Athletic Director Dave Andrews said.

“As soon as we got school board approval, we pretty much started right away with the demolition of the backstop and the dugouts on the varsity boys baseball field,” Andrews said.

The new backstop and the poles and netting were installed at the end of November, he said.

The next step is for Eagle Concrete to install the two concrete dugouts, Andrews said.

“We then would put the roof on them, which is something we’ll do in-house here, through our shop classes or our building and grounds department,” he said.

All the work will be completed by late March or early April, which is when the varsity baseball team’s season begins, Andrews said.

The baseball field improvements are a small piece of a proposed $13.4 million master plan to improve the Batavia High School athletic fields.

The plan was developed after meetings with groups that used the athletic fields, school district administration, maintenance staff and school board members. Some residents have voiced concerns about the project’s costs.

Andrews said it was a priority to do the baseball field improvements first because of safety concerns.

He said fundraising will continue for the other improvements included in the master plan.

“We’ll continue to attempt to raise money, and obviously the district needs to look at their finances all the time as well to see what they can do,” Andrews said. “A lot of the things are safety issues as well.”

The improvements to the baseball area will not effect a nearby arboretum.

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