New batting cages benefiting Little League players |

New batting cages benefiting Little League players

When the plan was proposed, it may have seemed improbable, but the prospect of free indoor batting cages in Truckee is now a reality.

Thanks to contributions from various community businesses, two batting cages are now open at the Truckee Tahoe Airport District maintenance shed. Lahontan Community Foundation gave $4,000 to jump start the plan and DMB Highlands, Herrington Construction, Lahontan Realty, Safeway, Moody’s Bistro, Mountain Hardware, Tahoe Forest Hospital and Old Green Wood all helped support the cause and ensure its development.

But it was the airport district was instrumental in getting the operation off the ground, as well. District General Manager Dave Gotchall and Maintenance Manager Phred Stoner helped make the vision come to life.

With two fully functional cages, a practice area and plenty of room for parents to observe, the new cages have given the Little League an outlet for improving talent. Coaches can give their teams ample hitting practice during the course of an hour.

Normally, it takes kids the first half of the season to get acclimated with baseball fundamentals and the last half trying to learn them. As a result, a lot of players don’t truly start to enjoy the game until the season is over.

Because of the new cages, kids are playing at a higher level in every way. Because kids are hitting better, more defensive plays are being made, and more kids are involved in the games.

The beginning of the 2004 season has seen more games go six and seven innings than any other season. Quality baseball means kids have a better chance of falling in love with America’s national pastime.

Feeding off the success of the cages, the Little League Board is charging forward with multiple other projects and capital investments that will continue the advancement of the baseball experience for the kids.

On May 15, Zano’s held its patio grand opening, and the owners, Jim and Tim Brown, decided to make it a fund-raiser for Truckee Little League. The proceeds will help purchase equipment and a new pitcher’s mound and fence for the new ball field at River View.

The Truckee Tahoe Airport District batting cages are for all kids and coaches participating in softball or baseball. Coaches of these sports need to go to to reserve a time. At this time, they are meant for team-oriented practices. They are open every afternoon from 3:30 to 6:30 and are located at the airport maintenance shed.

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