Officials: Bazinsky Field repairs still long way off|[04/23/08]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The backstop at Bazinsky Field remains at half-mast.

Damaged nearly beyond repair by a severe storm that ripped through Vicksburg and Warren County on April 4, Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Director Joe Graves said it may be 4-to-6 weeks before a new backstop can be put in.

A contract bid has been awarded to Deer Park Fencing, but no work has been done on the project.

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That means there will be no more home games this season for either Vicksburg High or St. Aloysius at Bazinsky. Both teams have been making Warren Central’s Viking Field their home-base for the past two weeks. Both teams advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

VHS starts a second round, Class 4A series on Thursday at Viking Field against Oxford. St. Al will host Game 2 of 1A playoff series against Ethel at WC on Friday.

“We’ve just been waiting on Deer Park Fencing to get started. There was a lot of damage to fencing around the county, and we’re not the priority,” Graves said Monday while updating the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the matter.

Graves said the backstop must be torn over and rebuilt from scratch.

“The pipes that were holding the netting are just too badly bent. They are going to have to take them out. The new backstop will have a six-foot chain-link fence and then atop of that will be a 14-foot net that will stretch from dugout to dugout,” Graves said.

That will change the look of the field since the current fencing is about 12 feet high with a net covering just the middle section of bleachers in front of the press box.

There had been talk at one time of making a three-foot high brick wall like that at Viking Field and Hinds Community College’s recently renovated baseball field, but Graves said it would take too much time.