By Sara Tischauser
As summer is upon us, the summer baseball season is in full swing.
The baseball field at Rock Ledge Park in Seymour has already seen some improvements and additions from the Seymour Baseball Association.
A new storage shed was put up by field number 2 at Rock Ledge Park. Jim Niespodzany, Seymour Baseball Association president, said the overhead door still needs to be put on the shed. The construction is being done by Fox Structures out of Kaukauna and Niespodzany said one of the owners of Fox Structures, Travis Woldt, is also on the Seymour Baseball Association Board.
This new storage shed will be used to store a couple of vehicles, rakes and other equipment. Niespodzany said the old shed that was by the field was moved to Seymour Lake Park to provide storage for equipment by that ball field. He said this way some of the equipment wouldn’t have to be transported from one location to another to be used.
“We went bigger than we needed to, to have room for future years,” Niespodzany said about the new shed.
The Seymour Baseball Association paid for the building and the City of Seymour took care of the excavating and getting the site ready for the construction.
Charlie’s Courtyard was also put in next to field number 2 at Rock Ledge Park. This courtyard is made up of bricks that people can purchase and have engraved with whatever they want (up to a certain amount of characters). The price of the smaller bricks is $200 and the larger pavers are $500. This money is to help the baseball association with future expenses with the baseball fields.
Additionally, Niespodzany said they are selling naming rights at the field. The field, dugout, concession stand and other areas can all be named after a business or person for a sponsorship fee. The length of these naming rights may vary depending on the amount of the sponsorship. Anyone who is interested in naming sponsorship or purchasing a brick/paver can contact Niespodzany at (920) 243-8314 or email John Steltz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Seymour Baseball Association continues to raise money for future improvements to the field. One of the plans Niespodzany said is to put in new lights at the ball diamond.
“The lights haven’t been replaced at the field in 25 years,” Niespodzany said. “After 25 years, the lights are just not as bright anymore.”
Last year, Niespodzany said they worked with the City of Seymour to make some improvements to the lights. He said the Baseball Association paid for all new bulbs in the lights and the City of Seymour took care of all the labor. He said they also repositioned the lights to give more light on the field.
With better lighting on the field, Niespodzany said they can play games later at night which benefits some of the players who have jobs and also others who work but want to come watch the game.
“We want to improve lighting so we can hopefully sponsor a regional tournament and other tournaments,” Niespodzany said. “It would benefit the players and the town.”
Providing the opportunity for players to participate in baseball over the summer, Niespodzany said has a positive impact on many. He said players learn discipline, teamwork and responsibility by being on the team. Also, he said it can give players a chance to meet people from other towns and make lifetime memories.
In addition, to the benefit to the players, there is also a benefit to the community by having summer baseball.
“When we have our tournament, it brings people from other communities,” Niespodzany said. “They buy concessions and use local businesses.”