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FC baseball field getting upgrades
by Bain Serna
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Paul Kunz Field in Falls City has seen numerous improvements recently.
Paul Kunz Field in Falls City has seen numerous improvements recently.
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New fencing at the baseball field in Falls City was among many recent improvements.
New fencing at the baseball field in Falls City was among many recent improvements.
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FALLS CITY – New renovations and upgrades to the Falls City Park baseball field were recently completed, after being made possible by a $33,000 donation from the historic Falls City-Hobson Baseball Athletic Association. Other Falls City citizens made separate donations as well.

The Falls City-Hobson Baseball Athletic Association was formally incorporated as an organization in 1971 and consisted of an adult baseball league that played on Sundays decades ago.

In the mid-90s the Association deeded the baseball field property, which is located across the street from Beaver Stadium, to the city to be used for the Falls City Youth League as well as for baseball athletics of the Falls City ISD.

“When they deeded it over to the city, they kept the mineral rights,” said Mayor Brent Houdmann. “So when the oil came in they started receiving money. All of a sudden they had some money coming in and they wanted to start spending it on the ballpark. They got together and asked us what we needed.”

Renovations to the baseball field included new fencing, safety capping on the fencing, upgrades to both dugouts, upgrades to the press box, new PA system speakers, a new screen on the backstop, along with other overall improvements and field manicures.

Among those benefiting the most from the renovations is the varsity baseball team of Falls City High School, which uses the field for practices and varsity games.

“The team is very excited about the new fencing and other improvements to the senior league field the Falls City High School baseball team practices and plays in,” said Coach Damian Van Winkle, head coach of the FCHS varsity baseball team. “The dugouts with the open front and wall has gotten everyone on the bench more involved with the game. Our team also feels a greater sense of pride about our ballfield, now that it’s one of the nicest fields in our district and area. That helps us come to practice every day and makes game-days more exciting.”
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