|
|
|
The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Team effort brings lights to Rose Bud 12U field

  • No more youngsters to be left in the dark at the Rose Bud 12U City Field. With back-to-back games starting at 6 p.m. the Rose Bud summer teams often had to break up and travel to different locations in order to finish two games.
    • email print
  • No more youngsters to be left in the dark at the Rose Bud 12U City Field. With back-to-back games starting at 6 p.m. the Rose Bud summer teams often had to break up and travel to different locations in order to finish two games.
    Thanks to a group effort by Rose Bud’s City Council, several local electricians and the Rose Bud City League, the northern White County town can complete its games without worrying about time constraints at dusk.
    “We got with the city council earlier in the year and the Mayor [Tammy Bomar] applied for a grant with Rural Services,” said Rose Bud summer league baseball President Shawn Gorham. “They gave us $15,000 for it and obviously we can’t do this with $15,000 so we took donations. Matthew Prince of Prince Electric donated 100 percent of his materials, labor time and his time. First Arkansas Electric sold us the poles at cost and donated the diesel to get them delivered to us.
    “Todd Schroeder [District Manager) and First Electric set up the poles and installed the service 100 percent free for us and Irby Electric sold us all the materials for the light fixtures and only charged us one $45 fee to do it so it was just a mixture of everybody coming together.”
    Searcy, which had recently built a new field, donated the light bulbs. “Searcy donated those lights when they built their new field,” said Gorham. “It was just a community effort of coming together and making it happen. These fields were built about 12 years ago under an initial federal grant, which wouldn’t allow us to put wooden poles up. They wanted those high dollar lights like down on the high school baseball field.
    “Obviously we don’t have several hundred thousands of dollars to do that so and I called a lady over in Batesville and said ‘These field were built for the kids and we are hurting them by not allowing to put these wooden poles up.’ She said if you get it donated run with it and I will call the mayor and tell her. The next project we are working on is getting a scoreboard.”
    Rose Bud starts its 10U games at 6 p.m. with the 12U games to follow around 7:30 in the evening.
    “The earliest we can start is 6 o’clock and the 10U and 12U use this field and we couldn’t play,” said Gorham. “So I had to schedule them where the 10s and 12s never travel together which is hard because we’d have two brothers on the team and you’d have one in one town and one at home. Even in April it was hard to get the games in. This enables us to play both the 10s and the 12s on this field and travel together.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Tournaments are now a possibility as well.
    “Plus, it helps us with our tournaments. We haven’t been able to host any district tournaments because of the lights. Now that we have this we are able to host more tournaments,” said Gorham, adding that the park has already landed the 12U District tournament along with an 8U tournament.

      • calendar