GHS baseball program receives multiple grants

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:17 am on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A look inside one of Greenville’s new outdoor batting cage. The pitchers L-screen and the home plate hitting mat were items purchased from grant grant money from the Greenville Area Community Foundation.

GREENVILLE — The Greenville High School baseball program recently received multiple grants from the Greenville Area Community Foundation.

Grants totaling $20,000 helped varsity coach Mike Rasmussen purchase equipment and upgrade facilities that will not only benefit the high school, but also other organizations that use the high school baseball complex.

“We applied for the grant early in the year and were awarded the grant on April 11,” Rasmussen said. “We doubled checked quotes and looked to see if we could find other savings. Around the first of May we started receiving our stuff and we have it all now.”

The first grant was for $3,000. The money was used to purchase field tarps to cover the pitchers mound and home plate. Tarps were purchased for Frank Stankey Field (varsity) and the currently under construction junior varsity field.

“Before we had the tarps, the dirt and clay would wash away in the rain,” Rasmussen said. “The time it took and the money to maintain the mound and home plate has been eliminated with the tarps.”

A second grant was in the amount of $17,000. Items purchased include an on-field batting tunnel, pitching L-screens (4), fungo screens, soft-toss nets (6), wind screen, a hose-reel kit, maintenance rakes, tamps, brooms and shovels, pitching targets, a mound slope gauge, hitting mats and base plugs.

Frank Stankey Field at Greenville High School — the varsity field. A junior varsity field is currently under construction. Both fields will benefit from the grants.

“Some of this stuff is out there for use already, some of it is not,” Rasmussen said. “We haven’t had a chance to put it all together yet. It arrived during the season, but during the remainder of the summer, winter and spring we will be putting it all together for use.”

Rasmussen is thankful for the grant.

“It was a great amount of money. A couple of big ticket items really ate up a large amount of the money,” Rasmussen said. “Greenville is putting a lot of resources into a lot of different areas. We were looking for some things that the baseball program and outside organizations could benefit from, as well.

“We are extremely grateful and thankful for receiving this grant. It takes a burden off a lot of places,” he added.

The items, not necessarily flashy, will help in a safety and efficiency aspect.

“These were things that needed to be replaced or things we didn’t have at all,” he said. “This will make our practices or whoever uses them safer and more efficient. We will be able to do multiple things at once and keep players safe.”

Rasmussen said these items will last for a long time and help the program continue to develop.

“We were able to purchase quality items and products that will last,” he said.”

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