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Working on the ballfield

September 14, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

SOUTH RANGE - The South Range Little League Field is in phase one of a complete overhaul to make the field the premier baseball and softball location for the entire Copper Country.

Steve Nordstrom, of the Portage Lake Little League board, said crews are working through phase one, which includes a new sprinkler system and hydroseeding on the outfield.

"This could be a three- or four-phase project," Nordstrom said.

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Halonen Landscaping works on the South Range Little League Field in South Range Wednesday.

The project began this week and phase one is expected to be completed today. The plan is to install power, put in new outfield grass and possibly sod, 90 yards of topsoil and infield grass.

Phase one was completed using league funds and each phase will depend on funding, he said.

"We're a nonprofit organization," he said. "So we're looking to a couple grants."

Potentially, there will be an opportunity for businesses to be involved with fundraisers, he said. Fundraising may include spaghetti dinners and sponsorships.

"We may create a signage opportunity for businesses that want to be involved," Nordstrom said.

Through the grant process, the board hopes to acquire more funds to possibly install a press box, scorer's area, concession stand and restrooms, while also moving the backstop and fencing on the upper field to match the lower field.

The idea is to create the spot into a tournament site, and possibly put in a field for T-ball and a machine pitch.

Nordstrom said the renovations were a much-needed upgrade.

"Our No. 1 concern was the safety and the outfield," he said.

Watering and upkeep are also important and in the past, balls would hit off the clumpy ground and shoot in different directions, creating safety concerns for the players.

"We also want to promote baseball and have better facilities for our youth," he said.

Phase two would include the scoreboards. Phase three would include infield sod and grass on the infield. Phase four is planned to include bathrooms and concessions.



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