Thanks to a cadre of dedicated parents, an indoor baseball and softball practice facility will be coming to Cleveland High School.
"Everyone in the Southeast Portland baseball and softball communities should be really excited about it, as it will benefit not just the high school programs, but also all the youth programs through the area," exclaimed project supporter Ken Davis.
Called the "Cleveland Hitting Facility", this barn-like building will be a 60'x100' structure situated at the Cleveland track and football field, and will enable players to practice all year 'round. "That's important, because players start practicing in January," Davis remarked.
This will be the first such "hitting barn" at any Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) school.
"That being said, nearly all suburban schools in the area do enjoy one, which puts PIL programs at a real competitive disadvantage, as baseball teams begin practicing right after New Year, when the weather does not often allow for outdoor play, Davis said.
In mid-January, Davis reported to THE BEE that the committee had just met with the City of Portland to put the finishing touches on the permit application, and have made a "serious dent" in fundraising.
Construction may begin in February. To learn more, or to contribute to this project, go online – www.clevelandhittingfacility.com
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