Little Leaguers get batting cage

The Mirror

Baseball players with Federal Way American Little League will have another place to practice hitting the ball this spring. The league, which serves about 380 players in central Federal Way, is constructing a batting cage near the two fields it leases from Sacajawea Middle School.

League vice president Jack Lintelmann initiated the idea of building the batting cage to improve the league’s hitting techniques to become more competitive.

The two cages are being built by numerous volunteer hours and money. The idea started to become a reality when FW Amercian AAA director Russ Wolfe secured $12,000 worth of fencing and labor from Secoma Fence and George Skarich.

Other donations were made by Dan Potts of DMP Construction ($5,000 worth of excavating, form-setting and concrete pouring), Corliss Concrete ($1,300 worth of concrete and gravel), Wes Mar Concrete Pumping ($1,000 worth of concrete pumping), Hall and Schafer ($300 worth of concrete), Fairweather Masonry (14 yards of concrete), United Rentals of Federal Way ($400 worth of backhoe rental) and All Weather Construction’s owner, Mana Havili, donated two laborers to help with the concrete foundation.

The league is currently looking for netting to separate the two sides of the batting cage, as well as Astro-Turf to put on the ground. Federal Way American’s Opening Day ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m. March 26 at Sacajawea Middle School.

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