Springfield baseball facilities to be named after men who kept project alive

Springfield High School’s new baseball field and clubhouse will be named after two Springfield residents who pushed for the new facilities, the Livingston Parish School Board decided Thursday.

Board member Keith Martin, who represents Springfield, asked the board to name the field after Johnny Young and the clubhouse after Mike Wall.

Young is an alumnus of the school, but Wall was not, Martin said. Both were Springfield residents and huge supporters of the school’s baseball team, he said.

The complex as a whole, which includes a softball field, will be named Bulldog Park after the school’s mascot, Martin said.

Martin said Young approached him in the early 1990s about building a new baseball field at the school. Martin said he told Young the School Board didn’t have the money at the time for the project but would look into it in the future.

Young and Wall, who helped start the school’s baseball program through volunteer work, kept pursuing the project, Martin said.

Wall approached him a few years ago again about the new field, Martin said. Crews finally finished the new park in May.

“I was 100 percent in favor of this,” Martin said of the dedications.

Board members approved the resolution unanimously.

In other business Thursday, the board was handed a preliminary calendar for the 2014-15 school year.

The school system’s calendar committee chose to start the year’s first semester on Aug. 7 and end it Dec. 22, Assistant Superintendent Rick Wentzel said.

The committee chose Jan. 12 and May 27 and start and end dates for the second semester, Wentzel said. The board will vote on approving the calendar at its next meeting.

The board also accepted a low bid for construction of a new athletic field house at Albany High School.

Ragusa Construction, of Independence, submitted a bid of $1.45 million for the project.

The facility will be used for all sports, particularly weight training, said board member Sid Kinchen, who represents Albany.