Memorial Baseball Field renovations completed
Photos by: Lance Franey
WHITTIER, Calif. – After completing the finest spring season since 2006, the Whittier College baseball program recieved yet another surprise this afternoon in the completion of the baseball field netting project, which was made possible by a lead gift from Christopher Martin '94. Chris competed on the baseball team all four years at Whittier (1991-1994) as a standout corner infielder. Donations received from Poet alumni and baseball boosters helped in the completion of this much needed project.
Phase 1 of the project was completed prior to the start of the 2012 season, which included eliminating the chain link backstop and replacing it with custom netting, creating a much improved spectator viewing area.
Phase II entails the installation of four (50ft.) poles down the right field line with netting to prevent foul balls from being lost on the hillside adjacent to the baseball field. The right field foul territory fence was also moved 10 ft. closer to the field of play, creating an area along the right field line for spectator viewing.
The project was completed by West Coast Netting, Inc. headquartered in Kingman, AZ. It is anticipated that the project will save an estimated 50 dozen baseballs per season (due to the hillside located adjacent to the first baseline), provide better viewing for spectators and an increased level of safety for players and fans.
|Phase 1 (Chain Link Eliminated behind homeplate and replaced with custom netting)
|Phase 2 (Four poles are installed and the right field fence is brought in ten feet)