Baseball League Looking For Answers After Field Falls Into Disrepair

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

In baseball, the state of the field can make a routine play, not so routine. Two weeks ago, Nick Kissane learned that the hard way.

"I was going for a ground ball, just a regular ground ball and it took a bad hop just as it hit the dirt. My two middle teeth got knocked out," said Kissane.

Kissane, who plays in a Lansing city league between seasons at Aquinas College, was sent straight to the hospital. For league coaches and players, including Dave Joseph, the opposing coach that night; it was the last straw for the field at West Side Park.

"The field itself was dangerous, so I said right then and there, I said we're not going to play out here anymore," said Joseph.

After complaining to the city, the field was closed for maintenance shortly after, with games moved across town to Kircher Municipal Park and other local fields.

Most of the complaints, included concerns over grass being too long and dips throughout the field. Issues Lansing Parks and Recreation is planning to fix.

"When there needs to be a renovation, such as a lip or a low spot or a situation on the fields, we take the time out because we want it to be the safest surface possible for everyone," said Brett Kaschinski, Director of Lansing Parks and Recreation.

But with the field doubling as the home diamond for Lansing Community College, many in the league are wondering why these issues weren't taken care of before now.

Kaschinske says since the city took control of maintenance, after the LCC season, constant use and bad weather have made it difficult to make long-term fixes.

"There's very little windows that you can have," he said. "When you have those opportunities and when the weather is cooperating, you make those changes."

Lansing hopes to have the field play-ready by the end of the month.

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