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Baseball: Boulder forced to hit the road for remainder of season

After about a month of frustration and the unveiling of a repair plan that soon encountered unforeseen setbacks, it’s finally official — the Boulder High baseball program will be unable to use its home diamond at Scott Carpenter Park this season.

Replacing the backstop at Scott Carpenter, which suffered extreme wind damage over the winter, has turned out to be a far more extensive project than originally anticipated. Therefore the Panthers’ final four home games will be played at alternate venues.

“We’re now looking at other ways to engineer this, and we’ll consider every other option,” Boulder athletic director Melissa Warfield said. “The best hope now is that it’s ready at the end of May.”

While the Boulder Valley School District and Diamond Baseball still will work with Judge Netting, the Arizona-based company tabbed with the repair project at Scott Carpenter, complications have arisen due to the deep soil composition in an area once used as a landfill.

First-year head coach Colt Sedbrook already announced that Thursday’s scheduled home game against cross-town rival Fairview will instead be played at the Knights’ home field, although Boulder still will be considered the home team and will bat in the bottom half of each inning.

The other remaining scheduled home games that will be altered include the April 22 date against Rocky Mountain; April 26th against Poudre; and the regular season finale against Mountain Range on May 6.

Warfield said the Rocky Mountain and Mountain Range dates likely will be played on those teams’ respective fields, although those details have not yet been finalized. The April 26th game against Poudre will be played at Centaurus High School and will serve as the Panthers’ Senior Day.

Monday’s announcement likely will not come as a shock for the Panthers, who already have played the majority of the season away from home while watching the available window for repairs gradually shorten.

Sedbrook essentially conceded as much after his club’s narrow loss at Horizon Saturday in a contest originally scheduled as a home date. The latest turn of events is nothing new to a club that has been dealing with the distraction the entire season.

“It’s a challenging thing. It’s very hard to develop some normalcy when you’re on the road all the time,” Sedbrook said. “But hey, it is what it is. I look at it in the sense that, while I hate talking about myself, if I can do this in my first year as a head coach, then I know I can get through most anything later.

“Our seniors, it’s really poor for our seniors to not get a home game. That’s part of the equation, but coming out and battling on the road, it’s a challenge that we just have to continue to prepare for.”

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