Works on a new baseball field at James Drysdale Reserve are underway, thanks to a $3.3million commitment from the Moreton Bay Regional Council, in its 2017/18 budget released last month.
The new field, to be located behind the current main diamond left field fence, has been on the drawing board for a number of years, and will now become a reality. In addition to the new diamond, the project will also include dugouts, field lighting, irrigation, 38 carparks, amenities and access road. Preliminary earthworks are already underway and the project is expected to be completed in late 2018, weather permitting.
James Drysdale Reserve is home to Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club junior and senior teams and the addition of the new diamond will now enable the club to hold junior State Titles and National Tournaments.
Pine Hills Baseball Club president Simon Tame, said there had been a lot of work done behind the scenes by previous committee members and Moreton Bay Regional Council.
‘With Baseball back in the Olympics in 2020, a new field will help provide another opportunity for the children of the area to be involved in sports and maybe 1 day join the other 3 club representatives who played for Australia this year’ said Pine Hills Baseball Club president Simon Tame.
The club is looking to expand on its Lightning Cup Rookie Ball initiative for children aged 8 – 12, in which they play in-house 1.5 hour games during the week.
They are expecting more teams this year with the club delivering over 25 baseball ‘Come n Try’ days in the local schools in July and August.
Head down to James Drysdale Reserve on the 12th August for their ‘Come and Try’ baseball day from 10 am to 2pm. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the kids to try their hand at this great sport.