Highlands Little League
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Highlands Little League
I am disappointed by the Highlands School Board's decision to not allow the Highlands Little League to use the high school field this year.
A member of the Highlands Diamond Club boosters told me Little League wasn't allowed to use the field this year because we trashed the field. The parents and players on the ages 13-14 team I coached know how well we took care of that field. We put garbage bags in the cans, changed them as needed and cleaned around the stands. Our players raked the field, cleaned out the dugouts and put the covers on the field after every game. We played only 12 home games last season.
The Diamond Club supposedly is responsible for maintaining the high school field. We were not permitted to cut the grass or to drag the field. For half of our games, the field was not dragged and the grass was not cut. The club's excuse was it had no one to do it.
We were also accused of letting the grass burn because we supposedly laid tarps down the first- and third-base lines. We never would've done such a foolish thing.
We had a very successful season and had more kids interested in joining our league. Were we a threat to the Natrona Heights Baseball League, which has close ties to the Diamond Club and the school board?
We have 14-year-olds this year who are eligible to play junior varsity baseball. Why would the board want them to go to a smaller field in the summer? Does this make sense to anyone who knows baseball?
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