CCHS' summer baseball team likely not to play in Amelia
By GEOFF STOUTE
Central Catholic’s summer league baseball team likely will have to find a new location to play its Swampland League baseball games this summer after the facility the team plays at in Amelia suffered heavy damage following wind and rains that pounded the area in torrential rains Wednesday.
Amelia Recreation Manager Mike Beadle, who was assessing the damage to the facilities this morning, said as of now the field appears it will not be repaired in time for the Morgan City parochial school’s summer league team, Halimar Shipyard, to use the field.
“I talked with the coach yesterday, and we’re probably going to have to cancel all the home games for Central Catholic,” he said.
Halimar head coach Tyler Jensen said today he is considering his options for where he is going to his “home” games this summer.
Other than some topping of the outfield wall at Tiger Diamond in Morgan City as well as two downed video towers at Morgan City High School’s football practice field and the cancellation of Berwick High School’s spring football scrimmage, no other damage was reported at high schools in the Tri-City area.
The baseball field where Central Catholic plays during the regular and summer seasons, was a different story.
Jensen reported a tree near the first base dugout had fallen on the dugout while a pole along the right field foul line snapped and fell on the fence and the field.
He also said parts of the outfield fence are leaning down, some on the ground, while windscreens around the park were damaged.
Jensen noted when approaching the field on Lake Palourde By-Pass Road, he could see one of the advertisers signs from the outfield fence nearby.
“I thought we’d have some damage, but I didn’t think it would be that bad,” Jensen said Wednesday afternoon.
Beadle said other advertising signs were tossed into the woods by the weather and in nearby streets, while bleachers were picked up by the wind and stood up and lodged into the fencing.
He also said there was damage to a boys’ 7- and 8-year-old field as well as a damaged tarp and dugout on a Dixie League field.
Halimar was scheduled to start its summer season at home today against a summer league team from South Lafourche, but that game has been cancelled and Jensen said he is trying to reschedule it.
While he was still documenting damage and totaling costs today, Beadle said the field, owned by St. Mary Parish Recreation District 1, estimated the total bill for damage will be around $40,000 or $50,000.
While he said the parish would have to pay for some of the damage out of pocket, they were looking at if the costs meet their deductible as well as if any Federal Emergency Management Agency funding would be available.
He said because Central Catholic is not responsible for any of Wednesday’s damages, noting they only are responsible for the field’s upkeep during their seasons.