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Bring the heat to new batting cage

By July 17, 2014

El Dorado Hills resident Bud Carroll pitches to son Ben Carroll in a new batting cage built for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and El Dorado Hills Little League's joint use. CSD Sports Coordinator Frank Sianez said Carroll was instrumental in getting the cage, located at CSD East field, built. Up to four players may practice simultaneously. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

A new Community Park batting cage  marks a win-win for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and El Dorado Hills Little League.

“The old batting cage was an eye sore,” said EDHCSD Sports Coordinator Frank Sianez. “It was so dilapidated and hardly ever used we completely tore it down and rebuilt it from scratch earlier this year.”

EDHLL’s significant contribution gives them priority use, CSD Recreation Coordinator Jill Ritzman explained.

“EDHLL contributed $15,000 in cash and equipment donations towards the project,” she said. “In exchange for their significant donation and assistance with the capital project, and their commitment to assist the District in maintaining the facility and replacing donated items due to wear and tear (not vandalism) EDHLL will receive priority use of the facility between February and July.”

Up to four hitters may practice in cordoned off sections. The structure includes a new cement pad, fencing, shade shelter, electricity, artificial turf pads and netting. A pitching machine is not available. The total cost of the project was $70,000.

Sianez credited El Dorado Hills resident and youth baseball enthusiast Bud Carroll as “instrumental in coordinating between the CSD and EDHLL.”

Carroll was out pitching to his three sons before the formal ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday. “I’m happy we got it,” he said. “I didn’t do it for my family because we already have one, but I wanted to help the community.”

The batting cage is available on a first come, first serve basis. Public hours may change due to season and use by Little League. Check in at the registration office for the key on weekdays, the Skate Park on weekends. Fees are $10 for 30 minutes or $15 for one hour. A member of the group must be 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. Bring own equipment, including helmet, bat and balls.

Visit eldoradohillscsd.org or call (916) 933-6624 to make a reservation.

Julie Samrick


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