Much damage done to Gleason diamonds

Much damage done to Gleason diamonds

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 12:02 am
By: Kenneth Coker, Press Sports

Much damage done to Gleason diamonds | Gleason's Mike Snider Park storm damage

Gleason baseball coach Jason Stephens (right) and player Gabe Lowrance look at the damage.
The damage was done.
Thankfully though, no one was at home.
Straight-line winds ripped through Gleason late Monday/early Tuesday, leaving a path of destruction that decimated Mike Snider Park.
The Bulldogs’ baseball field suffered extensive damage as a set of bleachers behind home plate was thrown up onto the backstop and the fence down the first-base line was knocked down.
Additionally, a storage shed that sat just outside the field on the first-base side of the field was destroyed. It ended up in pieces in right field.
“I’m just glad that if something like this had to happen, it did so at a time when no one was in the park,” Gleason athletic director/assistant principal Lee Lawrence said. “I don’t think we’ll be playing another home game here this spring.”
Gleason baseball coach Jason Stephens was on site around 1 a.m. Tuesday to check out the damage and retrieve all of the team’s equipment that was stored in the shed.
Other damage at Mike Snider Park included devastation at Auvenshine Field — the Lady Bulldogs’ home turf. The bleachers behind home plate on that field ended up near home plate and the outfield fence was knocked down from center to left field.
The little league field at Gleason wasn’t unscathed, either, as its backstop suffered extensive damage.
One power pole near that field was turned 180 degrees, while numerous others throughout the park were leaning dangerously.
The field with the least amount of damage was the T-ball facility.
The top of one dugout being ripped off was the most noticeable damage on that field.
It is unknown how long Mike Snider Park will be closed as it was locked up on Tuesday awaiting insurance adjusters.
Another athletic facility was impaired in Weakley County as Sharon’s gym suffered damage.
According to Sharon Junior High basketball coach Chad Levister, part of the roof was ripped up and bricks knocked off by the storms left a gap that made the outside visible from within the gymnasium.
Presently, a tarp has been put on the roof and on the gym floor in an attempt to hold off water damage as the rainfall continues this week.
Also, numerous spring sports games or matches were postponed or canceled as rainfall and severe weather took over the area.
All of Tuesday’s play was wiped off the slate as were Monday’s games.
Wednesday’s lone prep action — a tennis match featuring Greenfield and Huntingdon at UT Martin — was also postponed.
With just a week or less remaining on the schedule, many of the local squads are scrambling to get their final district games in.
On the baseball diamond Tuesday, Westview’s home date with Gibson County was postponed, as was Dresden’s game with Big Sandy.
Gleason’s contest against Trenton was outright canceled.
W’view will attempt to host GC on Friday, while Dresden may entertain Big Sandy the same afternoon.
Tuesday’s softball game pitting Westview against Obion Central in Troy is now scheduled for this afternoon at 4:30.
Dresden will host Big Sandy this Monday. Greenfield axed its softball outing with Fulton City.
Soccer action between W’view and South Fulton was also postponed — with no make-up date announced — due to wet field conditions. So too, was Martin Middle School’s home date with the University School of Jackson.
Both of the tennis matches set for this week — Milan at Greenfield on Tuesday and Trenton at Westview on Monday — did not take place.
Monday’s postponed baseball slate included Gleason at Greenfield, Westview at Gibson County and Dresden at Big Sandy.
Gleason and Greenfield will attempt to make up their lost games as part of a twinbill at the Yellowjackets’ field today. W’view is set to go to GC this afternoon.
The softball game between the Lady Bulldogs of Gleason and Bruceton is tentatively set for this Monday on the Carroll Countians’ turf.

wcp 4/28/11

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