May 25, 2013
T-ball players in Sedalia are once again playing games at the Lonnie E. Schott and Bill G. Arnold fields at Katy Park.
The Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department will rededicate the two fields in a ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Katy Park.
The new fields are in nearly the same spots as a pair of T-ball fields named after Schott and Arnold that were taken out in 2001 when a skate park was built at Katy Park.
“During the time we had our skate park, we demolished Lonnie Schott and the other field was run down,” said parks director Mark Hewett.
But, Hewett said that led to a shortage of T-ball fields, which led to teams sharing space during practice so Hewett went to the board to ask for two new fields.
“We weren’t doing the kids justice,” he said. “We had enough instructors, but they were all bunched up on one field.”
Now, Hewett said the fields are back and nicer than they were before.
“Before, all it was was a backstop. Now the fields are totally fenced,” Hewett said. “They have dugouts. They have the concrete that goes along the fence. We also put a fence cap all around the fence for safety. There are also small bleachers.”
Hewett said there is also concrete connecting the fields to the 50-car lighted parking lot and the complex is now ADA accessible.
The new fields will also bear the same names and the fields they replaced, named in honor of two men who helped promote youth baseball in Sedalia.
“Lonnie Schott was a big ballplayer. He helped a lot of the youth,” Hewett said. “Bill Arnold was also involved in baseball and coached a lot of teams. They were really involved in youth and did a lot for the town.”
Schott Field will be home to players who are 3-5 years old. Arnold Field will host 6-8-year-olds.