Fundraiser for girls softball field improvements Aug. 14

       Fundraising for what they're calling their “field of dreams,” the Coronado High School girls softball program supporters hope that if they put a large dumpster in the school parking lot Saturday, Aug. 14, people will come to it.

With a partially completed dugout in the foreground, the Coronado High girls softball team practices this week on its field south of Holmes Middle School. School coaches are fundraising and hope to have dugouts on both sides ready for the first game Saturday, Aug. 21.
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       The idea is for folks who have junk lying around to take it up to the school that morning, rather than haul it to a landfill or transfer station, which is probably farther away and more expensive, explained Matt Copeland, the softball team's C squad coach. The softballers are being allowed to use the dumpster at a low cost, he said. Drop-off donations will help fund a major upgrade to the program's designated ball field next to the soccer area south of Holmes Middle School.
       The fundraiser will be from 8 a.m. until the dumpster is full - probably around noon, Copeland estimated. The school is at 1590 W. Filllmore St.
       There is no suggested donation amount, but a call this week to the transfer station off Circle and I-25 revealed that a typical pickup truck load costs about $50.
       The Holmes field work has already begun, with the help of donated money and time (School District 11 approved the plan, but could allocate no money.) A local contractor has been using heavy equipment to shape the dugouts on either side of the existing backstop, and other supporters have donated the concrete and forms to be used for the dugout floors. Still to be obtained are the wood and hardware to build the actual dugout structures, as well as a fence beside them and two batting/pitching cages. “We want to make it a regulation field, a place that once and for all the softball program can be proud of,” Copeland said.
       The girls softball team has called the Holmes field home for practices and games for about 15 years, according to former Holmes Principal Brenda LeBrasse.
       The current fundraising goal is $4,000. The hope is to at least have the dugouts ready by the varsity's first game Saturday, Aug. 21. For the long term, “we'll continue having fundraisers till we get it all,” he said.
       The girls softball varsity coach is Brett Brown, who's in his fourth year; the JV coach is Ann Bell (second year). Copeland said 12 to 15 girls are on each of the three teams (varsity, JV and C).

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