Sonny Foster field gets upgrades

Dave Mathieson
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Maritime Fence foreman Darrell Mosher was using this hoist to carry sections of fence at the Amherst little league complex on Thursday. 

AMHERST - Home runs will no longer come as easy to little leaguers playing on the Sunny Foster little league field.

"It was tougher on the other field to hit home runs because he other field was up to regulation standards but they will both be the same distances now," said Sonny Foster, Amherst Little League treasurer.

The new chain link fence replaces the old wooden fence.

"We're replacing the wooden fence that's been there for quite a few years because of the costs associated with painting it and repairing it," said Foster. "Wood rots and we have to replace boards and paint every year, so we're replacing it with a wire fence that is low maintenance."

The Sonny Foster field was also not up to little league regulations.

"Baseball regulations call for the outfield fence to be 200 feet from home plate and most of the field was only 170 feet, so we had to go back 25 or 30 feet all the way around to make it pass the rules," said Foster. "So we did it for two reasons, to replace the old fence that required a lot of service and to make it fit regulations."

The entire job costs about $20,000. The most expensive part of the project is the building of the actual fence.

"The main cost is the contract with the Maritime Fence and a provincial grant is going to cover most of that cost," said Foster.

Foster says local contractors helped with much of the project.

"They removed the old fence for us and took the signs down," said Foster. "The blocks along the road and the fill to level it off, we got donations there as well. The local contractors were really good to us."

Foster is looking forward to seeing kids on the field come springtime.

"For the sake of the kids it's going to be an equal opportunity for both fields and it's going to cost the league a lot less for upkeep and repair, so that's the main thing," said Foster. "We operate with no cost to the kids, so we have to look at efficiencies, and this is going to make it much more efficient for us.

"We're happy with the support we're getting," he added. "We're happy with the whole operation."

Organizations: Amherst Little League, Maritime Fence

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