Belding softball teams works around construction

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:54 am on Monday, March 26, 2012

The sight of Belding’s former softball field, which will soon be the home of the Redskins baseball team.

BELDING — The spring practice schedule has been a little different this year as opposed to past seasons for the Belding Redskins softball team.

Because of new field construction at the high school the Redskins have been practicing at Demorest Field and not at the high school. They will also play their regular season games there, as well.

Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh said there has been no issues with the different playing location.

“We were worried about getting younger kids across town, but it hasn’t been a problem at all,” Linebaugh said. “It’s kind of neat in a way because a lot of these kids played in their youth league there and now they finish up their career there.

“It just seems weird to have to drive across town to go to practice,” she added.

The construction is coming along great and Linebaugh is hoping for the chance to play at least the final home game of the season at the new field.

“We are hopeful we can play our last game there (new stadium), but they keep telling me no,” Linebaugh said laughing. “I would love nothing more for our seniors to get the chance to play a game there. That is our goal. The complex is coming along great and looks beautiful.”

Regardless, if they get the chance to actually play on the field, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held with the team on hand.

The weather has been outstanding and has helped with the adjustment of playing away from the high school.

“If feels like we are already in June,” Linebaugh said. “It’s been wonderful. Last year was terrible. We were rescheduling rescheduled games.”

The Redskins open the season Monday at Kenowa Hills in non league play. The Redskins youth will be put to the test right away.

“We are young. We have six sophomores and three seniors that returned,” Linebaugh said. “Numbers are low. We are young, but we are strong on our infield. We shuffled a couple of kids, I lost three seniors I thought we would have that aren’t playing, but we are filling in.”

Linebaugh said her team is anxious to play, but still needs some work.

“We are at that point where the older kids just want to play a game,” Linebaugh said. “I said sure and you will realize how much work we still need.”

The Redskins will not play again until after spring break when they travel to Grand Rapids West Catholic on April 10.

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