Work in Progress

While the Union baseball Wildcats are able to practice on their new on-campus baseball field, some work remains before the complex will be ready to host games. Four scheduled home games have been shifted and the Wildcats now are scheduled to open at home April 4 against New Haven. 

Work on the new softball/baseball complex is nearing completion, according to District Superintendent Steve Bryant.

Crews finished pouring concrete in the parking lot, handicapped ramp and the access road Thursday. The foundation for the press box has been poured. Karrenbrock Construction completed the concrete work.

Bryant said he is pleased with the construction company, adding that they have done a “remarkable job.”

Friday work included beginning electric and starting to install sheetrock in the concessions building.

Bryant said crews are working hard to get work completed so the first home baseball game can be played on time Friday, April 4.

The high school team will face off against New Haven.

Four games had to be rescheduled at the opponents’ field to allow for the completion of the complex.

Union baseball Head Coach Ryan Bailey said he’s excited for the complex to be finished. “(I’m) really excited about our new field,” he said. “It’s been great to practice on and it will be amazing to play on when it’s finally finished and ready to go.”

By the first game, Bryant said there will be power at the complex, however, the press box likely won’t be finished.

“What’s been nice is to watch our kids, even when there has been rain or snow (once it clears) they’re able to get out on the field and play,” he said. “That’s the beauty of turf. Unless there is lightning there won’t be many rainouts on this field.”

Overall, a total of $422,340 was allocated from the district’s capital improvement fund for ATG Sports to build the facility on the campus of the high school.

The scope of work for the field included a turf infield, grass outfield, dugouts, backstop and NLB netting, scoreboard, fencing, synthetic turf bullpen, foul poles, a removable pitcher’s mound for softball and split face block backstop wall.

The bid also included drainage and irrigation systems, surveying, staking, soil testing and analysis and other necessary preparations for constructing the field.

Not included in the bid were the concession stand and restrooms, bleachers and the accessible parking lot and road.