If you cover it, they will use it more.
Or something like that to paraphrase a famous baseball movie.
Adding a roof may seem like a simple idea, but covering the baseball and softball batting cages opens up a world of possibilities.
Nothing makes you appreciate a good roof over your head like 100-degree temperatures.
The Sulphur Springs baseball and softball high school batting cages are being covered for all weather and they feel pretty good right now. Just think how much work can be down when the cruel winter winds are blowing under rainy gray skies.
It was Sulphur Springs Athletic Director Greg Owens who approached Sulphur Springs head softball coach David Carrillo and head baseball coach Jerrod Hammack asking them what improvements they would like done to upgrade their sports.
“It was really nice of Coach Owens to ask, we appreciate what this does for baseball and we look forward to using them,” Hammack said.
Hammack said he glad to now forego the old bad weather routine of being forced into a gym to work on baseball drills.
“I really never liked going to the gym,” Hammack admitted. “We’d try to hit using wiffle balls and they would scatter everywhere. I don’t know how productive we were. Now we can hit rain or shine, it is a big advantage for us.”
Hammack said depending on what work needed to be done, several stations could be set up for long toss, soft toss and hitting drills.
“We could get six to eight stations going if needed. Having a covered batting cage is going to help us and I expect an influx of people to use it. It gives us a good option when the weather is bad. We know that even if it is raining, we can still hit.
“I like being outside and working out there when the weather is good,” Hammack said. “But the weather is out of your control. Having a covered batting cage gives us the opportunity to hit. Hitting a baseball correctly is one of the most difficult things to do in sports, you need to hit everyday during the season.”
Carrillo said the addition of the roof over batting cage at the girls softball diamond is just one improvements being made at the field.
“I have been painting the dugouts and I plan on painting the concession stand. I asked about it and Coach Owens gave me the approval. We have pride in our facilities,” the coach said.
“I am very excited about having the cages covered and the wall added to the back to cut down on some of the wind,” Carrillo said. “We are going to buy a new net and divide the area into four stations. We will use the old net for hitting outside.”
Carrillo called the roof and upgrade and something which would be good for the program.
“It gives us the ability to use our time when we know we have a covered area to work,” Carrillo said. “We know we will be able to hit. Coach Owens was very nice to give us what we need. It’s up to us to take care of them.”
Owens said, “I felt like it was a need - we want to continue to improve our facilities to give our kids every opportunity to succeed. We have great kids in Sulphur Springs and they deserve the best that we can give them.”
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