Progress continues on youth baseball hitting facility

Xavier Smith • Updated Oct 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Progress continues of the future Lebanon Youth Baseball hitting facility as registration begins later this year.

The facility’s foundation and main support beams are in place and Rick Smith, Lebanon Youth Baseball board member, said the construction is going good.

 The hitting facility will be located behind the Lebanon Police Department station where current restrooms are located. Restrooms will also be added to the new hitting facility.

Lebanon Youth Baseball board member John Pope said the facility would allow each team to schedule one, possibly two, practice sessions at the facility per week.

The Lebanon City Council approved $75,000 from the city reserve funds last year as a dollar-for-dollar match with Lebanon Rotary and Kiwanis clubs for construction of the batting facility.

Board member Jeff Gannon said several other organizations throughout the city and county also donated toward the facility.

“There are a lot of people here who stepped up to the plate. We’ve been charged with going out and getting sponsors to help finish this building off. I’ve probably made 15 phone calls and I’m not sure anybody turned me down. This is a community project,” Gannon said earlier this year.

We are now 600-players strong. We have 43 teams this spring between the age of 6 and 12. If you throw in our travel program that we’ve done in conjunction with our league, there’s more than 100 players with over 12-15 teams, additionally. So, Lebanon Youth Baseball is extremely strong right now,” Pope said.

“It takes partnerships and the community to make something like this happen. Years ago when my son was going to Friendship, they needed a batting facility and were able to build it when he was there. You could see the change that happened with Friendship baseball after the facility. We have a great league with talented players, but this is going to make them even better,” Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said during the groundbreaking ceremony.

Online registration opens up Thursday, Dec. 15 and runs thru Friday, February 17 for the 2017 season. 

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