A HEALTHY team of volunteers put in some hard labour on Saturday to help build the infield diamond for the first Shoalhaven baseball court.
The Shoalhaven Mariners baseball team liased with council and community members about the diamond for nine years and now the completion date is in sight.
Mariners’ junior development officer and senior coach and player Michael Taylor said if all went according to plan, players should be on the new field by June.
“We had some fantastic support over the weekend,” he said.
“It is great to have people who are so passionate about getting our own Shoalhaven baseball field up and running give up their weekend to help build it.
“We still need dead-ball fencing to be put in and the amenities block is coming along.”
Mr Taylor said field developments would continue for the next few years, for inclusions such as lighting.
“Just having the back-nets put up has been like an advertisement and has generated more local interest in the sport,” Mr Taylor said.
Mr Taylor said the Mariners boast 35 senior members and 60 juniors aged between four and 14.
“We’ve seen a steady growth with juniors,” he said.
“We’ve also seen a increase in defence players who may play in other cities and can now continue to play when they are posted here.”