Indoor baseball facility
By Allan Cline
July 18, 2007
I grew up playing baseball in Ketchikan my whole life until I
graduated in 1997 from Kayhi. Baseball was first and foremost
for me when it came to playing sports in Ketchikan. The sad
thing was I could only pursue my passion during the rainy summer
months. Unless I would take my game to White Cliff and throw
a ball off the wall under the covered playing area. Effective?
To a point I guess, but nothing like taking live rounds off
This in my opinion has been the reason for Ketchikan's baseball
programs detriment. It's simply due to the lack of preparation.
I don't believe it is because the players don't have the desire,
but just don't have the necessary resources to further their
development. All this is obviously because mother nature just
doesn't allow it up there. It not changing anytime soon.
I had always wanted to be able to play ball year round. Just
like our competitors to the south. Unfortunately that was not
the case. The direct result, Ketchikan produced an okay basketball
player, an okay football player, and a descent baseball player.
Those where my only options of participation if I wanted to
continue playing sports throughout the year.
However, I was able to walk on and play baseball for Southwestern
Oregon CC. for a couple of years. Much like Ketchikan it too
rains heavily down there through the fall and winter months.
Luckily, the school delivered an indoor facility. It was perfect.
The facility provided two batting cages that were on cables.
This made it easy to retract them by hand when we where ready
to take grounders. It also consisted of two bull pins for pitching
practice. The remaining room was for hitting and pitching drill.
Keep in mind the ground was all in field dirt.
There is no doubt in my mind this simple set up would be beneficial
to the Ketchikan baseball community. I just remember when I
saw it for the first time, wishing we had one back home. I know
it costs money. But this to me would be the difference of not
having to pay for your kid's college education
St. George, UT
Received July 18, 2007 - Published July 18, 2007
About: "Graduated Kayhi
1997 varsity baseball"
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