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Story by Zach Womble
GALLATIN – Gallatin’s Newton Nissan presented the Green Wave baseball team and head coach Mark Wilson with a $25,000 check earlier this month, putting GHS on the fast track for renovations that may have taken years.
Wilson and his team have been working all summer and fall to ensure Alexander Field is considered one of the top fields to play baseball. He also wants top-notch amenities for fans such as grandstands, restrooms and anything else that will help fans in attendance feel more comfortable.
While Newton Nissan deserves an immense amount of credit for helping Gallatin complete repairs such as irrigation and draining, leveling baselines and putting in new ryegrass, Wilson adds that he could not have done this without the support from the Gallatin community.
“I want to help leave a field the next coach can be proud of,” Wilson said.
Wilson also adds that if things go according to plan, home plate and pitcher’s mound will be turfed in November.
“I think turfing the plate and mound adds to the physical appearance, and it takes away a lot of labor. The last step will be improving the skin of our field, so getting a better mixture of clay, which will make it a wonderful place to play.”
A physical makeover does more than put pride in those who play on the field every day; it also brings in new revenue for the city.
Travel tournaments are always looking for places to host events. If Alexander field can complete their new look, teams from all over the state and possibly country could vie for Alexander Field to be their home for a weekend or longer; meaning money spent on hotels, shopping, eating and filling gas tanks.
“I want Alexander Field to be a place that is known for tremendous facilities, a well-kept field and great hospitality,” Wilson said. “We have a lot to be thankful for.”