Baseball Diamond Gets A Team Upgrade
Members of the Wahkiakum High School baseball team donated a few hours last week to improve and beautify a diamond in the rough.
The team focused on the canoes and other structures used by athletes and their supporters each spring.
“Many of the outbuildings surrounding the field were in poor condition and very weathered over the years,” coach Garrett Radcliffe said. “We were lucky to get a lot of help fixing them.”
The Wahkiakum School District was able to source paint from Sherwin Williams at a discount, Radcliffe said, and a local company, Hilton Painting, donated their time and equipment to apply the much-needed paint.
“Really just a great example of school-community-team partnership,” Radcliffe said. “With the donation of supplies, time and equipment from Jeremy Hilton and the hard work of our players, we were able to really give our house a facelift. I was especially happy to see a lot of young guys, the incoming freshmen, come and be proud and make the field they will call home for the next four years.”
The team was happy with the result.
“You definitely feel a difference walking into a facility that looks really good,” Wahkiakum junior Grant Wilson said. “It really improves your game and makes you want to play well.”
Further improvements are planned, Radcliffe said, including leveling the land, adding bullpen mounds and student-made murals and signage.