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Dugouts could come to Hampton High baseball field

| Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Hampton High School Talbots baseball team soon might see additional improvements to their new baseball field on the high school campus.

The Baseball Booster Club, coach Gary Wilson and athletic director Bill Cardone are working with school-district officials on a plan to build dugouts at the field to replace the fenced-in benches where the players currently sit.

“There is such a need for that on the field,” Wilson said.

The proposed dugouts would provide shelter for the home and visiting team athletes from the sun and inclement weather, as well as storage space.

The dugouts would be located along the field's first and third baselines.

The project is estimated to cost $31,800 for all materials and labor, and the proposed contractor is MarCon Properties of Cranberry Township.

“The money has been raised by the booster and coach,” Cardone said. “It would come at no cost to the district.”

Wilson said the booster group is prepared to cover any permit costs related to the project to ensure the district has no financial responsibility for the construction.

While some school board members expressed concern about to how best accept the gift and directed Superintendent John Hoover to discuss the issue with the district's solicitor, many of the school board members were supportive of the project.

“We've said for years, ‘Why don't people get together and donate things,'” said Gail Litwiler, school board member. “I'm all for it. They really have put their money where their mouth is.”

Rick Farino, buildings and grounds supervisor, said he will make an appointment with township officials to review the plan in preparation for receiving a building permit.

The project work is estimated to take three to four weeks, with all construction occurring outside of the sport's season.

“We're not going to have a construction zone during baseball season,” Cardone said. “It will be a fall project, and we're hoping for this fall.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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