California Middle School’s softball league field receiving much-needed renovation, needs funds

Photo courtesy The softball field at California Middle School is undergoing much-needed renovations. More funds are needed to complete the project.

The softball field at California Middle School is undergoing much-needed renovations. More funds are needed to complete the project. / Photo courtesy

On Thanksgiving weekend 2010, a group of parent volunteers broke ground on what will be a much-needed update to the softball field at California Middle School. The timing is no accident – in the last three years, softball in Land Park has gone from nearly nonexistent to become the largest softball program in Little League District 7. When the makeover is complete, the field will be home not only to the Cal Middle School girls’ softball team, but to the McClatchy Junior Varsity and Land Park Pacific Little League teams as well.

To date, the field has been skinned, the sprinklers moved, and “infield mix” soil has been delivered and leveled. Though much has been accomplished, funds are still needed to pay for equipment, dugouts, and fencing, and there’s more work to be done to ready the field for play in the spring.

Cal parents Dan Maloney, who will coach both the Cal and Land Park majors softball teams this year, and Lori Brock, who spearheaded the fundraising campaign, went to Cal principal Elizabeth Vigil back in June with the idea of making the field upgrade a community effort. With Vigil’s approval, Maloney, Brock, and several other dedicated parents began arranging fundraisers and approaching businesses and elected officials for donations. County Supervisor Jimmy Yee and Cook Realty stepped up with the seed money, which got the momentum going. Then, at a fundraiser at the Riverside Clubhouse on Dec. 7, Councilman Rob Fong presented the parents with a check that clearly made the project a “go” for this softball season. Many local businesses and families have also contributed money and time to give Land Park kids a top-notch softball field.

Maintenance staff from the Sacramento City Unified School District also came out in November to lend an invaluable hand, skinning the field and moving the sprinkler heads.

Donations are still being gratefully accepted; checks can be written out to “Cal PTSA” (with “Softball” in the memo area) and mailed to:

California Middle School

1600 Vallejo Way

Sacramento, CA 95818

Don’t forget to check out the Cal “Thank You” billboard on Broadway at 15th Street, donated by another Land Parker, Jim Lyons.

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