By Albert Hu,
Looking ahead to their spring season, the Davis High men’s baseball teams are planning to build a new batting cage on the varsity field.
According to coach Dan Ariola, this batting cage will be critical for making sure players can hone their craft and develop their skills, allowing more of them to practice simultaneously. With about 50 to 60 kids in the baseball program, the two batting cages on the varsity field and one on the JV field was not enough.
“We want to ensure that all of these players can pursue their dreams and to help with that, we need to ensure that they can practice,” Ariola said.
Varsity baseball player Reed Hessl agrees with Ariola that the new batting cage is necessary, but for a different reason.
“One of our batting cages down left field is run down with weeds, grasses, and isn’t the nicest, so a new one would not hurt,” Hessl said.
In addition, Hessl is looking forward to possible improvements in the new cage.
“The ones we have now are open on the top, so when it rains they get wet and gross. It would be cool if we got one with a cover on the top of the batting cage, so we could hit in rain or shine,” Hessl said.
Ariola feels the current batting cages are fine in terms of quality, but that the new one will be more ideal in location.
“With two cages side by side, we can do better work, and coach players more effectively,” Ariola said.
Although Athletic Director Jeff Lorenson has secured the space for Ariola, the coach stresses that the cage is still not 100 percent confirmed.