Comanche is in the process of building a new facility that includes locker rooms, coaches offices and an indoor batting area for the softball and baseball teams near the fields in hopes of revitalizing the softball and baseball programs.
According to Aaron Evans, one of the organizers of the construction, the concrete work and plumbing is done, and the building is on-site and ready to be assembled. The money has been raised to finish it, but the rain has slowed down the construction process.
Beyond the surface-level benefits of this new facility, Evans said he wants to see more students coming into the softball and baseball programs.
“It’s always kind of been on the back-burner, the way it’s been treated,” Evans said. “It’s one of those things you do because there’s nothing else to do. We want to see kids take pride in playing baseball
and softball for Comanche, and to do that, we have to get them a facility.”
Evans said that up to now, the coaches and players have all been affected by the lack of a dedicated facility like this.
“For years, they had never had a locker room for the softball and baseball players,” Evans said. “The players have been using the fieldhouse, which is very inconvenient, and lots of times the kids just dress in their cars.”
The coaches have often stored equipment in their classrooms, due to a lack of space elsewhere, creating more clutter in the learning environment in addition to inconveniencing the players that need access to jerseys, bats, mitts and the like.
“Now they’ll be able to pull down to the field,” Evans said, “and they’ll have locker rooms, storage and coaches offices, and they’ll have an indoor hitting facility that they will be able to take ground balls or hit. It’ll be real nice.”
Comanche was able to put together this project with help from the community in Comanche and Stephens County as a whole.
Companies like Miller Construction, Evans Welding, Duncan Woodworks and Jett Solutions donated pieces of the project like dirt, concrete, lumber and electrical equipment as well as the labor needed to work with it. The building itself was donated by Misty Chaney and her husband.
The rest of the funds needed to complete the construction, near $38,000 was raised through fundraising events like Bingo, which raised $8,000, independent donors and the City of Comanche.