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.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance said in addition to a new diamond, the multi-million project at James Drysdale Reserve will also include dugouts, field lighting, irrigation, 38 carparks, amenities and access road.
“I am pleased to have been able to work closely with council officers and the Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club to deliver much-needed funds in this year’s council budget for this great local sporting project,” Cr Constance said.
“James Drysdale Reserve is no stranger to baseball, with the Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club calling the facility home for its junior and senior teams.
“We certainly have hit the ball out of the park with this multi-million dollar project that reinforces council’s vision to deliver a healthy and active lifestyle for our community.
“A new field will no doubt support more tournaments and further participation in local sport, allowing more local kids to try their hand at this great sport.”
Preliminary earthworks are already underway and the project is expected to be completed in late 2018, weather permitting.
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.
“This will enable the club to hold junior State Titles and National tournaments,” Mr Tame said.
“The club is continuing to grow as parents look for a local sport in summer which only lasts a couple of hours on a Saturday morning.
“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.
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.
The brain child of Brisbane Bandits coaches Dave Nilsson and Russel Teichmann, the club is expecting more teams this year with the club delivering over 25 baseball Come n Try days in the local schools in July and August.
Pine hills baseball sign on is at James Drysdale Reserve on 29 July 2017 10am to 2pm. Ages 6 - 60 are welcome to come and play.