Scout gathers donations to upgrade ball diamond

Published: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

After 20 years of use, the backstop and out-of-play fencing at the Indian Creek Middle School baseball diamond is the worse for wear. Winston Simpson, a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 39 in Shabbona and an Eagle Scout candidate, is securing the financing and manpower to upgrade the fencing.

The project involves adding 2 feet of height to the out-of-play fencing and replacing curled and stretched-out backstop mesh. The backstop will increase in height and will have a canopy to contain foul balls. Projected cost of labor, fencing, materials and equipment rental is $7,885.

The Waterman Lions Club recently donated $1,000 toward the project.

Waterman Summer Recreation uses the diamond for its summer baseball program and says the diamond serves the communities of Waterman, Shabbona, Lee, Rollo and Scarboro.

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