The New Haven Youth League has torn down the old batting cage near Lions Field and has started to build a new one. In the past years, NHYL (New Haven Youth League) has bought new equipment for the teams that play for the city of New Haven. This year, they decided to build a new cage for everyone to enjoy.
In order to create this cage, $17,875 is going towards this project.
“The community has really stepped up and helped get the cage from a long term goal to a reality. The NHYL was not planning to ask for support but instead set aside some funds each year until we could complete the project. Businesses and citizens in the community heard about the project and stepped up in a big way, expediting the timeline of this project,” Chad Seitter, member of the NHYL, commented.
Olivia Williams, a New Haven High softball player, replied, “I think it is so awesome that a new cage is being built. I am very excited to use it in the upcoming softball season. I would like to thank everyone who donated money so this cage could be built. I would also like to thank all the workers for working so hard so we can enjoy it this season!”
“I feel if kids really would like to get better, they would use the new cage more,” Madison Langenberg explained. “Being a pitcher, I'm really thankful and glad that there is going to be a nicer, better cage available to not only hit in, but pitch in as well.”
Tracy Langenberg, member of the NHYL board, had this to say, “The old cage was in very bad shape. The poles were bending, the net was falling apart and the length of the cage wasn’t sufficient for older baseball and softball pitchers to be able to pitch in the cage. The New Haven Youth League board decided to hold a fundraiser to help the league with funding.”
This isn’t the only good news either! The NHYL also plans on making a few other modifications.
“The new cage will not only give needed space for players, but we are also planning a future shed where equipment can be stored and open up some room in the Lions concession stand, so if the city wanted to expand the space there they could as well. Not to mention the covered and lighted cage will give players and coaches the opportunity to work on their skills even if it's raining or dark outside,” Chad Seitter also added.
The NHYL expects the new batting cage to be done this year as soon as possible. We would like to thank the New Haven Youth League for organizing this project, all the workers keeping up the progress, and all the companies who donated money towards this fund.