Memorial Field seeing changes ahead of first high school baseball season

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - In early 2018, UNK announced they would have to cut their baseball team. But hope wasn't lost for long for fans of America's past time.

Kearney High School and Kearney Catholic will be starting their first seasons with their new teams in just a few short weeks.

“It's one of those things that really enhances the quality of life in Kearney that we now have high school baseball that we can add to the wide variety of things we offer our student athletes,” Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse said.

Construction at Memorial Field where the teams will play is well under way. The $335,00 project is bringing in new metal poles and LED lights that will help with dark spots on the field. There has been a lot of community support to get these teams up and running.

“When you look at the success of our little league programs in the last few years, I think as these kids grow up and get older the skill level is there we know that so this just gives them an opportunity to keep playing baseball at a higher level,” Mayor Clouse said.

Head baseball coach Brad Archer says that over 70 students have signed up to be on the team. He said after January 28th, they will start working with the students more closely to prepare them for the upcoming season.

“We are. Obviously a lot of people will be involved that have been involved with the legion program the last few years,” Head Baseball Coach Brad Archer said. “I think there is a lot of excitement to get started here.”

The Memorial Field lights are expected to be finished by the end of January. The new lights are also expected to save the city on energy costs and the metal poles will last much longer than the old wooden ones.