Work underway on Boyd baseball, softball fields

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION – Crews worked Monday morning to excavate the Boyd softball field. The renovation of the field with artificial turf is expected to be completed by March 12. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Construction is underway on the renovations of Boyd’s baseball and softball fields.

Boyd ISD trustees voted 4-1 last week to approve the budget amendment for the $1.089 million to cover the cost of the renovations, including install field turf. Trustees originally approved the renovations in December.

While approving the monies for the renovations, the board passed on change orders, including enlarging the dugouts.

The improvements include putting in artificial turf, net backstops, renovating the dugouts and replacing side fences. Four different contractors will complete the work. Hellas will put in the turf for $988,375. Bob Moss Masonry will build the dugouts and the baseball backstop retaining wall for $21,490. Ray’s Fencing will put in the side fences for $15,925. Containment System will construct the net backstops for $55,601.

The Boyd softball team began practice Friday. Boyd coach and athletic director Brandon Hopkins said the team is utilizing the football field and using the batting cages for workouts during construction.

The Boyd baseball team will start practice this Friday and is making similar arrangements, according to Superintendent Ted West.

“It’s a little inconvenient but we know what it will be like when it’s finished,” West said.

The construction is expected to be completed by the District 7-3A home opener March 12 for both teams.

Hopkins said the softball teams had to move only one non-district game as a result of the construction.

“We have three tournaments away and three non-district games and only one was set up for home,” Hopkins said. “Even our first two district games are away.”

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