Cedar Rapids Xavier will play baseball and softball on Mount Mercy in 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Xavier High School baseball and softball teams will be evicted this summer.

When they return in 2022, they will return to upgraded, renovated facilities.

The school on Wednesday announced plans for major renovations to its baseball and softball fields, named after Ken Charipar and Bob Erusha, respectively. Both venues were severely damaged by the derecho on August 10th.

Backstops, stands, fences and shelters in every field were affected.

The project is financed exclusively through gifts from five families. It is expected to start in April and be completed by the end of summer.

Xavier will play all home games and most of the practice at Mount Mercy University this season.

“We were very fortunate to have relatively little damage on campus from the derecho. However, our baseball and softball fields have been hit pretty hard, ”said Xavier President Chris McCarville in a press release.

“Since the storm, our church has gathered and supported in ways too numerous to be counted. The financial support we received to not only repair but also improve both areas has been modest. We are incredibly grateful. “

Planned renovations include:

• Artificial turf infield must be installed on both fields. Outside fields remain grass.

• New, networked backstops with a 3 foot high base wall must be installed in both fields.

• New grandstands and increased seating capacity by approx. 50 percent for both areas.

• New sunken baseball field shelters to improve viewer visibility.

• Improved drainage system and rainwater retention.

• A new space between the two fields.

Additionally, the softball field moves 10 feet northeast. This improvement not only increases the spectator space between the two fields, it also allows for dramatically improved lines of sight for the softball field, according to the publication.

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