BERLIN – The Berlin High School Softball Team recently opened a renovated softball field at Sage Park.
Just a few hours later, the lady Redcoats opened the field in impressive fashion by earning a 14-0 victory against Northwest Catholic.
“It’s a project that has been on our schedule for a long time so we are glad we got it done. I thank everybody who helped us,” Mayor Mark Kaczynski said during a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 14 . “What a great field you guys have now.”
This $550,000 project included improved drainage, a new grass infield, a more level outfield, two new bullpen areas, a new scoreboard, a flag and pole in center field, a new storage shed for maintenance equipment and new fencing
A taller and wider home plate backstop will prevent foul balls from going into the woods. In past years, the team lost about 50 balls a year in the woods, said Parks and Recreation Commission Chairwoman Donna Bovee.
During the ceremony, Bovee reminded the girls to “never forget” the town did this for them and for generations to come.
“We are very thankful to our community, Mayor Mark (Kaczynski), and the Town Council for supporting this field and our parks and recreation program,” said Bovee.