Little League season starts with new field improvements

REED CITY – The location of the Reed City Little League baseball field on Roth Street hasn’t changed this season.

But the facility at Roth Street has been the recipient of some new looks for the 2012 campaign.

The season started last week and the field featured a scoreboard in left-center field plus two new dugouts.

Tom Strach is a coach and coordinator for the boys 9-12-year-old leagues. There are two teams in the 11-12-year-old division. There are also teams in the 9-10-year-old division that use the field.

“We had a lot of donations and we did two golf outings,” Strach said. “That helped a lot.”

LeBaron Financial also donated money.

“Three years ago, we took all the crusher dust off that field,” Strach said.

He recalls that Traverse City Outdoors put the irrigation into the field back then. Tri-Turf of Traverse City also did some work on the field.

“Tom Strach, one of the coaches, has worked very hard building our new dugouts and scoreboard at our Roth St. south field,” noted Lisa Morrison, league secretary.

It’s the first time dugouts and a scoreboard have been featured at the field. It’s an old-school manual scoreboard.

“I thought that would keep kids interested in it,” Strach said.

He added that April Sunderlin donated money for fencing that goes around the dugouts and backstop.

“It gives the kids a place on which to have an on-deck circle,” Strach said.

The first games were played at the site on May 1 to open the league season.

LeBaron Financial defeated Redi-Mix 4-3.

“It was a tough game and a good game,” Strach said. “The kids played well.”

Winning pitcher Hunter Morrison had seven strikeouts in three innings. Zach Wirgau pitched in relief and had five strikeouts in two innings. Garret Sprague pitched and also had a couple of strikeouts.

Josh DeBreuil threw two innings and had four strikeouts.

Redi-Mix won 14-4 late last week against Evart at Evart. Bryce Grannis was the starting pitcher for Redi-Mix. Also pitching were Josh DuBreuil, Hunter Mollahan and Jackson Price.

“Everybody hit well,” said coach Aaron Sims.