Boulder baseball players remain unsure if they’ll have an authentic home game this spring, but the process is rolling.
Plans are underway to replace the backstop at Scott Carpenter Park, which was extensively damaged by wind over the winter and forced the Panthers off the field. But as of now, no precise timeline exists.
The Panthers and Diamond Baseball (Boulder’s summer program that also uses the field) are working with Arizona-based Judge Netting, a contractor that specializes in netting structure installation and repair.
Of issue, Scott Carpenter Park was built on a former landfill, so some of the deep-rooted soil has a different composition.
“All the sides are working together to make this happen as soon as possible,” Boulder athletic director Melissa Warfield said Thursday. “The soil sample was a little bit of a hiccup, and we have to make sure the engineer plans from Judge Netting are sufficient with the soil we have now.”
Essentially, the backstop must be a long-term solution and not a short-term fix. So the poles that will penetrate about four feet into the ground, to prevent against a repeat, must have a solid resting point.
Judge Netting currently is occupied with a project in Fort Collins and could move on to another in Vail if specifics aren’t worked out in Boulder.
So far, Boulder’s varsity team hasn’t missed a home game. The first will be Saturday, when the Panthers will play a non-league game at Prairie View instead of hosting the Thunderhawks, as originally scheduled.
“The biggest thing I can focus on with my guys is to be ready to play at any location,” Boulder coach Colt Sedbrook said. “When we were down in Arizona for spring break, I think that was a big test for being able to play on the road. It was what we needed. As far the team goes, I think they’ve handled it fairly well.”
For now, the Panthers will be patient. Many of their scheduled home games don’t have a location yet, as the team looks at options such as Fairview, Centaurus and Broomfield.
“It’d be nice to be able to have a field set up for us and whatnot, but it’s starting to come together,” Sedbrook said. “We finally got our hitting tunnel that we put on the field fixed. It’s coming together slowly, but we’re getting it there.”