Middletown anticipates April opening for baseball field

MIDDLETOWN – A new baseball field should be ready for teams this April, according to town officials.

Shawn Hibbard is the founder of Team 84 Athletes, as well as Legacy Christian Academy, the nonprofit local sports organization funding the baseball complex as part of a private/public partnership with the town.

In 2014, the Town Council and Team 84 Athletes entered into a contract that calls for the town to lease the land off of Second Street at no cost to Team 84 Athletes with the condition that the group build and manage the field and concession stands, said Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh.

“It will be really great to see high school baseball games there,” Harbaugh said.

When Legacy is not playing a game on the diamond, the field will be available for others to rent. That will help maintain the field and sustain area youth sports.

Community members like Daniel Taylor, owner of DSM Construction, are helping make the field a reality.

Taylor is donating concrete for the dugouts to be poured once the weather warms up.

“I am just trying to give back to the community. This town has been good to us,” Taylor said.

Funding for a scoreboard still needs to be found.

“I would like to see a really nice scoreboard installed,” Harbaugh said.