The Anacortes Baseball Club is starting a new long-term fundraising program to complete construction and maintain facilities at the Alton R. Daniels Field and Daniels Fieldhouse at Volunteer Field.
Individual wood bat plaques constructed of full-length hard white ash will be permanently mounted and displayed in the field house along with other memorabilia that is being collected and gathered.
Each bat can be engraved with names of those to be recognized, contributors, players, teams, positions, years or other information of choice. Two lines of text up to 20 characters long, including spaces, will be engraved in bold black lettering on the bat barrel.
Bats are being made available through the support of the Viper Bat Company in Sedro-Woolley.
The initial program roll-out was held in conjunction with the Anacortes Youth Sports Coalition Auction this past spring. Contributors who ordered bats at that event will be recognized in a ceremony during the American Legion State AA tournament that starts Friday.
Place orders by sending a contribution of $100 by check and text to be engraved to the nonprofit Anacortes Baseball Club, Box 2013, Anacortes, WA 98221.
During the past few years, tremendous efforts have been put forth to rebuild and upgrade the ball park facility in conjunction with the Anacortes Parks Foundation and the Anacortes Department of Parks & Recreation.
This past year, a series of projects were either completed, started or planned.
Projects at the Alton R. Daniels Field have included the Daniels Fieldhouse with indoor turf, batting/pitching cages, offices and team storage closets and video recording equipment for training; a new outfield fence, warning track and foul poles; grassy hill seating along first- and third-base lines; sunken dugouts; bleachers; powder-coated low obstruction backstop; ramp access; stadium fencing and new sidewalks.
Plans are integrated with a new maintenance shop, road and hiking trail around the complex, and turf for the playing surface.
For information, contact Bill King at 299-3375 or Karl Yost at 299-0324.
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