To Build It, They Need Dirt
The boys in Melba have a football field on school property. The boys also have a baseball field on school property. But Melba girls playing softball have had to play on the city park ball field as long as Coach Don Jamison has been coaching the team, and that’s a long time. That is about to change. They’re just waiting for a few more donations so construction can begin. What they need most right now, is dirt.
Over the last 21 years, Coach Jamison has taken his team to seven state championships, most recently taking the state title in 2012. During the same time the boys have won fewer state championships combined for all their sports.
“We have a lot of girls that move on to the next level,” Jamison said. He said it’s time they have their own field.
The school board approved use of the field on the north side of the school property to be the site of the girl’s softball field in 2012. The sloping, grass-covered field once was used for football practice but has not been used for much else. The problem with continuing to use the city park ball field is the girls do not have easy access to a locker room. There is no transportation provided to them other than their own to get to the park for games and their storage shed has been the victim of vandalism at the park.
While the school district has approved use of the field, they have not budgeted other funds for construction. That hasn’t stopped the coach, softball parents and fans from moving forward. For several years, Jamison said, they’ve been getting grants and fundraising for when the day comes to start construction.
They’ve applied for and received grants for fencing, infield bases, a backstop and found out a few weeks ago that they’ve gotten bleachers. A field survey was donated by Leavitt Engineering and a scoreboard has been donated by Les Schwab. In all, about $14,000 has been donated or acquired in grants for the field according to Jamison.
The one big hurdle right now is dirt. The field is sloped and they need fill dirt to level it.
“We live in a farming community,” said Coach Jamison, “and we can’t find dirt?”
He has asked that any farmer or construction site willing to donate clean fill dirt should contact him at 208-899-1364.