By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers got to practice on their new baseball field for the first time on Thursday of last week, and early indications are it should be a fun ball park for players and fans.
The new facility is not quite complete, with dugouts bullpens and a scoreboard still needed to be installed, but the field itself is ready to go and the players got a taste of what it will be like when they do finally get to play there.
“It’s going to be a fun field,” head coach Troy Ghisetti said.
During batting practice, according to the coach, the players hit 15 home runs, and all 15 balls were lost in the brush beyond the outfield fence.
The dimensions of the new field are just 288 feet to right field, 310 to left and 330 to center.
The Tigers recently raised $22,000 at a fundraising golf tournament to help complete the facility, although it remains unlikely the league-challenging Tigers will get to play any games there this spring.
Ghisetti said the new field is draining well, which was a huge concern with the old Tigers sports complex.