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The new facility will have four hitting tunnels, plus a large area for pitching and indoor defensive practice

by: JOHN DENNY - Oregon City baseball players Jalen Satter (left) and Clay Valenzuela-Reece discuss the assembling of their new hitting facility with parent volunteer Martin Sprague. Sprague, who is project manager, said one of the first tasks for baseball players will be assembling thousands of nuts and bolts. When complete, Oregon Citys four-tunnel baseball hitting facility will be one of the biggest high school facilities of its kind in the state. Oregon City baseball coach Greg Lord is hopeful the community will rally around the baseball program with volunteer labor, so that the new hitting structure will be ready for use by the first of December.Oregon City High School received a major donation last week.

Two flat-bed trucks delivered the materials for an 80-foot wide by 160-foot long baseball hitting facility.

“We received a major donation from a big-time Oregon City High School baseball supporter,” said Oregon City coach Greg Lord. “We were the only team in the Three Rivers League without an indoor hitting facility. Now we’re going to have one of the best facilities around.”

Lord says that the material donated cost close to $90,000.

“This means a lot,” said Oregon City senior Clay Valenzuela-Reece. “It’s going to take our program to the next level. All of the top programs have hitting facilities. Now we will too. No more trying to find gym time for hitting. We can get our hacks in any time we want....”

Lord said that when completed the facility will have four hitting tunnels, plus an 80-foot-by-80-foot area “for pitching and ground ball workouts.”

The facility will be located on the high school campus, north of and adjacent to the jayvee baseball field.

Lord said he is asking other individuals and businesses in the community to step up and help out with donations of cash and/or labor.

“We need a lot of help setting up and assembling [the hitting facility],” Lord said. “And help with landscaping.”

Lord said donations of concrete, gravel, asphalt, rubber matting or artificial turf, batting cages and pitching mounds would also be much appreciated. And he said if anyone has equipment they could donate to help with site preparation, that would be helpful.

Weather permitting, Lord is hopeful that assembly can begin in two weeks.

“We want to have everything assembled and ready to go by December 1st,” he said.

Oregon City baseball supporters willing to donate money or labor should contact Greg Lord at 503-880-5377.

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