Indoor hitting facility close to reality for Ashley baseball, softball

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With the spring sports season right around the corner, the Ashley baseball and softball programs see light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to their long-term goal of a new hitting facility on campus.

According to Head Baseball Coach Brian Stewart, the Screaming Eagles are on the doorstep of raising their stated goal of $105,000.

Groundwork is underway between the Ashley baseball and softball fields. Photo courtesy- Ashley Athletics
Groundwork is underway between the Ashley baseball and softball fields. Photo courtesy- Ashley Athletics

“Ashley High School is in its 15th year of existence and growing every year in population,” said Stewart. “This year we have over 1,900 students attending school, the largest student body in its history. The baseball program is still coaching hard to deliver young men through hard work, discipline and character. We still have our same baseball staff in place from our beginning in 2001.

“The goal over the last several years has been to give our athletes the same opportunities as at the other high schools in the area.”

These aspiring athletes, along with their coaches, families and friends, have enough money to order the shell of the facility, with fundraising efforts ongoing to make the building usable. They still need to equip the building with electricity, turf, batting cages, portable pitching mounds, pitching machines, protective screens, indoor padding or plywood, benches and lockers or storage bins.

“Not having access to an indoor facility to escape the weather prevents our athletes from the year-round practice they need,” said Ashley Softball Coach Chip Adams. “Our parents and players have held various fundraisers over the past year. We have many great people who have given a lot of time and effort to get this far.”

To help the Screaming Eagles make their dream a reality, click here to contribute to the project.