Oak Ridge Baseball Facility Facelift in Full Swing

Photo courtesy of Simon Ladesma

After years of waiting, the War Eagles and their fans are about to get some much needed upgrades to their baseball facilities!

Thanks to the hard work of booster parents, Coach Mike Pirtle, Principal Tommy Johnson, District Athletic Director Danny Long and others at the district level, the Conroe ISD School Board approved a package of more than $725,000 for Oak Ridge baseball.

Add this to the $375,000 outfield replacement that has been completed and total improvements top $1.1 million since September!

Here is a look at what is coming for Oak Ridge baseball thanks to CISD:

  • The current dugouts, netting behind home plate, lights and batting cages and bullpen will all be removed. The apparel and storage sheds will also be moved.
  • Bleachers will be added on the first and third base sides, tied into the existing bleachers. A central walkway at the height of the current brick wall will wrap in front of all three sets of bleachers to allow spectators to move freely around the stadium.
  • Handicapped accessible ramps will be installed to allow all fans access to the bleacher areas.
  • New dugouts will be constructed for home and visitors located 20 feet further down the lines to improve player safety.
  • New, more efficient and more powerful lighting will be installed on the existing light poles – improving player safety and fan experience.
  • A 65′ x 80′  concrete pad will be installed to accommodate a batting and pitching facility.

As we in Oak Ridge celebrate the transformation that is to come, we must at the same time get to work to do our part. This is why the War Eagle baseball program is launching a $40,000 “Swinging for the Future” capital campaign to fund the construction of the much needed batting cage and bullpen area.

Thanks to some negotiating with the contractor and other behind the scenes work, the construction on that facility will begin immediately and run concurrently with the efforts to raise the money needed to pay for the structure.

A quick look at the new facility to be paid for by the ORHS Baseball Boosters:

  • The 65′ x 80′ structure will feature a steel roof and apron along the top of each side, protecting players and coaches from both rain and sun.
  • Three batting tunnels, dividable into multiple hitting stations will be installed.
  • A clay mound accomodating a pair of pitchers will be installed in the bullpen area.
  • All nets will be on steel cables, allowing them to be pulled back so the facility can be used for agility drills and hitting ground balls.
  • Lights will be installed to maximize the facility’s hours of use.

If you would like to help in the way of a donation or know someone or some business that might be interested in donating, please e-mail Bryan Morytko at bmorytko@gmail.com.

All renovations are projected to be completed for the spring, 2014 baseball season.

This is just another example of how Oak Ridge high school is raising the bar on and off the athletic fields.

Comments to Doug Sarant at doug@oakridgenow.com.

Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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