As the spring sports season approaches, Eldon baseball and softball teams will get the opportunity to play the beginning of their season on updated fields.

As the spring sports season approaches, Eldon baseball and softball teams will get the opportunity to play the beginning of their season on updated fields.

The school district has been fielding baseball and softball teams since 1998 and Superintendent Matt Davis says they have been utilizing the city’s field for the entire time. Over the last few seasons, Davis says they have had to miss several games due to poor field conditions and issues with rain water. This was one of the main fixes that Davis says these updates were aimed at.

To achieve these changes, Davis says they lifted the left field five feet and installed a baseball infield mix that should help with weather related issues. The tornadoes that struck the city in May tore a roof odd the restroom facilities at the field and also flattened the concession stand. This project rebuilt both facilities and will be used for both baseball and softball games. The main project features are being renovated by Verslues Construction Company of Jefferson City.

The cost of the renovations was totaled near $1,050,000, with funding coming from the district and other donations. Davis says the Joe Curtiss Estate donated over $72,000 towards the project, while Quaker Windows and Doors donated all of the fill dirt.

Davis says that he sees these new updates as a motivating factor for both teams and hopes that it will install a sense of excitement for the city to come out and cheer on the Mustangs.

“I believe several people from the community will want to come out to the games to see the kids and also experience the new facility,” Davis said.

As for future update projects for the district, David says their next in line is a no-tax increase bond in April to add six new classrooms to the Middle School. The fields are projected to be completed before the first Mustangs baseball game March 20.