by Ross Hart
LYNDON CENTER - Lyndon State College unveiled its plans for the construction of a new, first-rate baseball and softball facility on its campus beginning later this spring.
According to Athletic Director and head baseball coach Darrell quot;Skipquot; Pound, the facility will occupy the lot currently in use as a practice field just north of the T.N. Vail Building.
Current plans for the estimated $175,000 project allow for the softball field to use a dirt infield and outfield fences located a uniform 250 feet from home plate. The baseball field will employ a standard infield with fences ranging from 325-330 feet down the foul lines, 350-360 feet to the power alleys, and 390 feet to dead center field.
Competitive bids for the playing fields and fences will be accepted by the college beginning March 1. Ground-breaking is tentatively scheduled for the beginning of April to enable completion of that part of the project by July 1. If all goes according to plan, the new facility will be ready for play in the spring of 1998.
The school is not settling for a simple facility either. Officials are investigating the possibility of installing high quality scoreboards using corporate sponsorship for some, if not all of the funding. Plans are also in the works to add quot;dugouts, consessions, and, ultimately lights,quot; according to Pound. It was decided to postpone such enhancements so that delays, such as the permit processes for water and electricity, would not kill the Spring 1998 target date.