Round Rock Express helps rebuild flood-damaged Little League fields


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and photojournalist J.P. HARRINGTON

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Posted on February 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 8:48 PM

AUSTIN -- A walk through the fields of the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association complex three and a half months after October storms already shows improvement.

A raging Williamson Creek rose rapidly, tearing down fences, destroying  fields and piling up debris.

Oak Hill Youth Association president Stephen Bega says a list of people too long to name have given of their time or money.

"The excitement level that we've had in our league is probably at an all-time high," Bega said.

Volunteers have already made a dramatic difference with cleanup efforts, and donations from the community are enabling them to build five new batting cages. The first objective is to get the existing sod out of the infield and sidelines.

Now that cleanup is complete, reconstruction will begin on all eight fields. The Round Rock Express and Ryan Sanders Sports Turf Services are making it happen.

Garrett Reddehase is head groundskeeper for the Express.

"Growing up playing baseball, I always looked forward to that first day of practice of the first day of the the season getting going, and to know that may have not happened here for a lot of kids, I can take it to a personal level." Reddehase said.

During a season, about 2,000 children play on the fields.

"Honestly, without the field, all of those other things don't really mean anything," Bega said.

Little League games begin in March. Reddehase says the goal is to have these fields ready for the season.


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