Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:02

Hamlet council approves $10K for Memorial Park improvements

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HAMLET — Improvements to Memorial Park could lead to the return of American Legion baseball.

The Hamlet City Council unanimously approved $10,000 for needed work at the park Tuesday following a request from Chip Gordon.

The field was the home for Post 49 Legion baseball for many years, but has not fielded a team in more than a decade. 

Gordon wants to bring Legion baseball back and presented a detailed plan to do it — he just needed funding from the city.

Improvements needed include adding 60 tons of dirt to the infield, outfield fencing, upgraded lighting and replaced netting.

Gordon says that he personally has the equipment needed to maintain the field and he will donate his time to do the work.  He has already raised money to pay for uniforms and equipment.

Players from Richmond, Scotland, Marlboro and Anson counties will be eligible to play on this team and any player who has played high school baseball from the four counties will be accepted without a tryout.  There are 14 players who have already committed to playing on the team and the plan is to be able to play at Memorial Park in the spring of 2020.

Councilman Eddie Martin was the first to speak up, saying “it is a win/win” in his opinion. 

Councilman Maurice Stuart was equally as enthused, saying, “I’m all for it!” 

Stuart was a baseball player in high school and remembers when the audience at Memorial Park filled the stands.  

Changes in the age range of Legion play, which now includes players from 16 up to 19 years of age, could help with filling out the roster each year. Gordon said he would like to see a Legion state tournament held at Memorial Park in the very near future as well.  

For more information contact Chip Gordon at 910-995-2496.