Gary approves new irrigation pump for RailCats ballpark

A Griffith-based company was hired Wednesday by the Gary Redevelopment Commission to handle the repairs and replacement of the irrigation pump system in place at the city-owned stadium used by the Gary South Shore RailCats baseball club. The commission, which owns and maintains the ballpark, voted 4-0, with commissioner Marion Johnson absent, to award a contract to Gatlin Plumbing and Heating, … Read More

How golf course netting is helping stop contraband at South Carolina prisons

RIDGEVILLE — The sun beat down outside Lieber Correctional Institution on Wednesday afternoon, glinting off razor-sharp Concertina wire lining parallel, 12-foot tall fences at the high-security prison. For years, fencing like this helped keep prisoners from escaping but did little to stop the flow of contraband like cellphones, tobacco products, drugs and weapons inside. As of Monday, 50-foot tall nets … Read More

SeaWolves, Erie Events add extra safety netting at UPMC Park

With baseball safety standards increasing each year, Greg Coleman knows a mandate for extended netting is coming at some point. The Erie SeaWolves president decided not to wait for the mandate to come down. The SeaWolves worked with Erie Events to install extra safety netting this week at UPMC Park. “The conversation between us and Erie Events goes back to … Read More

Norfolk Tides to extend safety netting at Harbor Park

NORFOLK, Va. (Tides Media Relations) – The Norfolk Tides today announced a plan to enhance the safety netting protecting the fans at Harbor Park. The new netting will expand to the far ends of each dugout, with construction expected to be completed by Thursday, July 12. The additional netting will protect fans and minimize injuries that result from foul balls and … Read More

Upgraded Boomers Stadium Netting on Tap

Officials are expected on Tuesday to authorize funds to upgrade a planned extended netting project at Boomers Stadium, the home of the Schaumburg Boomers (independent; Frontier League).  In a vote on Tuesday, the village board is expected to approve $57,134 in funding to address the ballpark’s protective netting. That total would come in addition to $132,000 that was authorized in the spring for a planned extended netting … Read More

Call for action over ‘Pigeon Bridge’

FRESH calls are being made to rid a Skipton railway bridge from the scourge of pigeons. The bridge on Keighley Road – at a prominent entrance to the town – is commonly known as ‘pigeon bridge’ because of the amount of droppings produced by the birds, heard Skipton’s annual town meeting. But Network Rail – which owns the bridge – says it does not … Read More

Fan hit by flying bat at Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game raises baseball safety question

Cloey Heckendorn won’t forget that Mother’s Day baseball game. A few innings into a Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ minor-league contest, the 27-year-old Chino Hills resident glanced down at her phone to text her mom about dinner plans. Seconds later, a bat from Los Angeles Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner — playing for the Quakes as he came back from an injury — slipped … Read More

Cooley Stadium Gets Expanded Protective Netting

If you like going to Lansing Lugnuts games but you’re afraid of getting hit by a foul ball, you’re in luck. Cooley Law School Stadium is extending their protective netting. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports. The new netting at Cooley Law School Stadium will extend to the ends of the dugouts on both the first and third base sides. General Manager … Read More

Extended safety netting becoming standard in suburban ballparks

Following the lead of all 30 Major League Baseball teams, suburban minor and independent-league ballparks are extending their protective netting from behind home plate to the outer ends of their dugouts to keep fans safe from foul balls and flying bats. Rosemont’s new Impact Field will have the netting in place when the Chicago Dogs host their inaugural home opener … Read More