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Westport Goes to Bat for New Softball Field

WESTPORT, Conn. – The present and future of Westport softball crossed paths Wednesday prior to Staples’ varsity game against Brien McMahon High School. Supporters of the town’s softball programs also made more headway in their goal to raise funds for a new high school field.

Staples defeated the Senators, 8-0, to clinch a berth in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament. Seniors Charlotte Axthelm, Madison Kashetta, Heather Rosoff and Shelby Shulman were honored prior to the game as the Wreckers improved to 8-11 overall with their third win in four games.

Staples closes its regular season against Bassick on Friday at 4 p.m. Little League Night will be repeated at the game, which will be played at Greens Farms Elementary School. Players who wear their uniform t-shirts will receive free treats and will join varsity players prior to the game, run the bases following the game and receive team autographs. There will also be a prize for the most colorful sign to cheer on the varsity.

At Wednesday's event, young players enjoyed face painting, hair decorating, temporary tatoos and softball skill events, such as throwing accuracy and a speed gun for pitching.

Westport's softball program is now seeking to finish raising money for a new field. The Staples Softball Booster Club has a community project called "gotfield?" that is dedicated to building a new field at Wakeman and to improving the junior varsity field at the high school.

The group estimates the project will cost $75,000. It has raised nearly 70 percent of the money. Groundbreaking is expected to begin this summer.

The improvements included hitting and pitching cages, equipment storage, scorekeeper’s booth, outfield fence, scoreboard, dugouts, stands and home team lockers. Staples plays its varsity home games at Greens Farms, about a two-mile drive from the school.

John Friend, Susan Jacobson and Elise Stone are co-charis for the project. People interested in supporting the project can make a donation online . Westport residents with questions about the capital campaign can send an email to gotfieldproject@gmail.com .

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