“The Newburyport baseball program has been handicapped over the years,” echoed Pettingell. “With us only having the high school field and a not very well kept Bresnahan field. I don’t know if there’s any other teams in the Cape Ann League that don’t have three nice 90-foot fields or more.”
NHS athletic director John Daileanes said that he has been working on a solution with the school’s administration and facilities department, and acknowledged the problem of having only one 90-foot diamond to use in the city.
“It is definitely going to pose some issues with us and for baseball in the city of Newburyport, with our high school teams, Babe Ruth and Legion teams that use those fields. (And) I understand the concerns out there,” said Daileanes. “It certainly could impact our high school kids greatly. We want to make sure they have a good experience and a safe experience. So, we are going to work toward that end.”
Daileanes also said he has been working with Geordie Vining of the Office of Planning and Development, but no decision has been reached.
One possibility, according to Daigle, is the upper field behind Nock Middle School that used to have a full diamond and could be refurbished. But time is running out before the ground freezes, rendering the field unworkable until spring.
“At this point in time, that is probably our only alternative that is capable of covering us for a period of time for next year,” said Daigle. “We need to get out there and just strip it down as quickly as possible. If we at least get it stripped down, I’m sure we can get some work in early in the spring, and we may have to share a field for a short period of time. But if we don’t get that stripped down, and get the top level off of that right now, we’ll never be able to do it in the springtime. And that is basically our only alternative right now.”