Finally, it’s official: Scott Carpenter Park is back in action.
After sitting idly for months while the backstop of the baseball diamond was repaired, Boulder head coach Colt Sedbrook announced on Friday that the home field of the Panthers and the Boulder Collegians of the Rocky Mountain Baseball League has finally been deemed fit for play.
“We’re good to go,” Sedbrook said. “It should be a good weekend for baseball in Boulder.”
Over the winter the backstop at the Scott Carpenter field sustained heavy wind damage, and the ensuing repair work revealed deep soil issues beneath the home plate area that needed to be addressed before a new backstop could be set in place.
Sedbrook said he spent the past couple days making certain other secondary issues — from the electrical system to the field’s drainage system — were in working order before getting the all-clear to resume play.
The construction work forced the Boulder High School squad to play its entire spring slate away from home. Which should make for a cheerful homecoming Saturday night as the Boulder Legion A team re-christens the field with a doubleheader against Centaurus. First pitch for the opener is at 5 p.m.
After opening the season with a doubleheader against the Denver-based Slammers at Columbine High School on Friday, the Boulder Collegians were set to host their first home games during a Monday doubleheader against the Denver Pirates.
Late Friday night, however, Collegians general manager Matt Jensen informed BoCoPreps staff that Sedbrook had offered the field for Saturday morning’s games the Collegians were going to play in Littleton, barring field conditions after Friday’s rain in town.
“I know Colt wanted the first games to be Boulder’s since they did not get to play all season on their home field, so to me it’s an amazing gesture,” Jensen said, adding they’d start at 9:30 a.m. “If the fields aren’t dry, we’re not even going to try and play; We’ll let it dry out for them.”
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