Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Batters' Up

  • New batting cages are in the works. Find out the details here.
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  • Macon R-1 School and the Macon Baseball Association are teaming up to build two new batting cages in the area behind the 4th and 5th grade playground.
    The old batting cage was already in poor condition when it was demolished by the late winter snow storm.
    "We were planning on replacing the cage anyway," said MBA President Tracy Cashatt. "But the snow storm completely caved it in."
    The school's insurance paid $9,000 for the damage the storm caused. The MBA will be contributing the rest of the funding, approximately $4,000, for materials for the project.
    The manpower is coming from volunteer labor from the MBA, local businesses and citizens.
    Some of the high school baseball players and their parents began preparations by tearing out the old cages.
    "We took out the old scrap metal and sold it to reimburse some of the cost for the new cages," said MBA project coordinator Les Monroe.
    A large crew of volunteers along with Monroe; Marshal Gingrich, Macon R-1 Director of Operations and Steve Shoush, Director of Maintenance gathered early on May 1 to pour 73 yards of concrete for the floor for the cages.
    Each of the two new batting cages will be 70 feet long, 12 feet high and 14 feet wide. There will also be a pitching warm-up area.
    The concrete will be covered with astro-turf that was obtained from Washington University in St. Louis.
    "They donated it," said Monroe. "All we have to do is go pick it up."
    New poles are being constructed by Kyle Bealmer's Career Center welding classes. One of the old nets will be used and a new nylon net has been purchased.
    Monroe says that the cages would not have been possible without all the donations and hard work by the volunteers.
    The new facility will be used by both softball and baseball players.
    "We are hoping to have it done so that our high school team can use it a little this season," said Monroe.
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