MORRIS – Scoring runs, and giving them up, will never be the same for the Morris varsity baseball team – during games on its home field, anyway.
The Redskins’ home opener, which is scheduled for Tuesday against Wilmington, will be the first official game at which their new scoreboard will be operational.
It was installed after the 2013 prep season and used for their final summer-league game of 2013.
Morris athletic director George Dergo calls the scoreboard a “combined effort between Morris Community High School and the baseball boosters.”
Advertising on the outfield walls at the Redskins’ field helped generate some of the money used to purchase the board, Dergo said.
“The fundraising we do, particularly through our annual bash, which we just had last weekend – that’s where the major portion of it comes from,” boosters president Bill Cheshareck said. “When the school sees the parent organizations go that extra yard to try and make things better, they do help out with it, and this was a 50-50 type of cooperative thing we had going on with them.”
Morris head coach Todd Kein said the scoreboard will be dedicated to the baseball seniors of 2013, who “did most of the work” in raising money for the scoreboard.
“It’s something that we’ve actually been working for for about the last decade in terms of fundraising.” Kein said. “Just kind of a bunch of different variables coming together. We finally reached a point where our booster organization and the school were able to join a partnership and financially get that done.”
Senior Trevor Lines is part of the first class that will get to play with the scoreboard standing behind the left-field wall.
“It’s really nice to be able to look up and see that,” Lines said. “It was mainly last year’s class that did all the fundraising for that stuff, but we definitely had a part in it too. It’s really nice to look up and, even after we graduate, be able to come back and see that the scoreboard is something we were able to contribute to getting for the program.”
Cheshareck said the school and the boosters also teamed up to secure an indoor batting cage for the team.
The booster club by itself has purchased an outdoor cage and has plans to provide the team with a new tarp and a cap to cover the top of the fence around the Redskins’ field.
“We’ve got a pretty good field,” Dergo said. “Generally we can play on our field faster and in a quicker time than anybody else, so I mean that just adds to it.”