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Posted on Aug 6, 2015

New girls softball field takes shape

It was only a matter of time before the Quincy High School softball program created its own Field of Dreams.

The new plan was hatched by current school board president Alex Ybarra and longtime girls youth softball president Frank Gonzales. It has taken several years for the plan to become reality.
The plan to build a new QHS varsity softball field kitty corner to the current varsity field began to take shape last week. The field will be located on the current JV site, which is next to Washington Tractor, and the JV field will be moved to the current varsity field.

Tate Bare laser levels the new QHS varsity softball field. Photos by Kurtis J. Wood.

Tate Bare laser levels the new QHS varsity softball field. Photos by Kurtis J. Wood.

The first phase will include leveling the field, updating the sprinkler system and installing a new backstop and a 210-foot fence. The new fencing will allow a 15-foot wide pass through between the varsity baseball fence and the softball fence. Other phases will include the addition of bathrooms and batting cages.
Ybarra was not alone in his efforts. He has been working with Gonzales, the school district and local data centers.
For the past three years supporters have organized an alumni game and invited Yahoo, Microsoft and other data centers that have located to the Quincy Valley to join in. Lisa Karstetter of Yahoo was the driving force behind rallying support from the data centers, Ybarra said.
“She was the core to starting this whole effort,” he said. “She is the one who started all of this.”
Karstetter was able to get Jack Eaton of Microsoft on board, as well as Amway. With their help, the project has raised $25,600.
“Those are main contributors.” said Ybarra. “Between Lisa and Jack, they have been there 100 percent.”
The new field has been taking shape with the help of Nathan Cox, owner of Desert Green Turf of Moses Lake. The business skinned the inner circle and the warning track. The old sod was recycled and planted on the old JV field.
The next step was to laser level both fields, which Tate Bare of Bare Backhoe and Excavating was able to finish off in two days last week. He learned about the leveling from his father, who does this kind of work for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“There are not a lot of guys who do it or have a machine like this,” said Bare, a 10-year veteran of excavating. “The advantage of this one is it packs while it grades.”
The project also has the backing of the school district and maintenance supervisor Tom Harris. Harris and David Day helped with the sod removal and replanting, mapping and installing the sprinkler system. They rerouted the old sprinkler system and added sprinkler heads for better field coverage. Harris also put in two spots to plug in a hose, one on each side of the infield.


— By Kurtis J. Wood,