POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A dream is closer to becoming a reality.
Point Pleasant High School is continuing to make progress on an indoor baseball facility ahead of its Winter 2016 opening. The 3,200-square foot project will provide players a facility for practicing during the off-season. Point Pleasant baseball coach Andrew Blain said that the project will be beneficial for the school’s baseball program.
“One of our goals was to get an indoor facility for the boys so they could use it in the winter or when the weather is bad and keeps us off the field,” Blain said.
Blain, who will be entering his third season as coach at Point Pleasant in the spring, said one of the major upsides of the facility would be that the baseball program wouldn’t have to share gym use while basketball and wrestling are still in progress. It will also reduce chance of doing damage to the gym in the event of something happening.
Blain said that one of his goals since his first year of coaching was to get a facility built for the program. Blain credited the enthusiasm from the coaches, players, and the community in helping to get the project started.
“This is something that they wanted for a while,” Blain said. “I guess, when I came in with the gung-ho idea to get it done, everybody jumped on board.”
The project was funded back in the spring and costing between $40,000 to $50,000 to produce. Much of the money spent on the facility has come from community donations, including a $23,000 grant from the Claflin Foundation. Blain noted that people from the community, including members of the baseball team, volunteered time and materials to build the facility.
“It’s something that the baseball team can call their own,” Blain said. “Nobody else has something like this.”
Blain said that the current plan is to add a turf floor, indoor hitting cages, lockers, and weight and injury prevention facilitates in the building down the line and is encouraging more donations from the community through Point Pleasant High School to help fully realize this vision.
Blain hopes that the facility will be opened up for little and youth leagues for use and to invite other in-area schools to use the facility if they want to. Blain believes that this facility will help build the baseball program in Mason County.
“I think this is, not only going to help the high school program, but help the overall baseball community in Mason County,” Blain said.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106