Photo Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre, EP Chihuahuas
The El Paso Chihuahuas and Western Refining are proud to announce Andress High School as the recipient of the Western Refining Field of Dreams, a program designed to help renovate a local area baseball facility in need of repair.
The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 4th at 11:30 a.m. at Andress High School’s baseball field.
“Receiving the Western Refining Field of Dreams was a dream come true,” said Andress’ head coach, Andrew Macias. “As this program’s first year head coach, one of my first obligation to the players and to the program was to improve the playing surface of our field.
“Our kids now have a sense of pride and ownership in our new field. We are extremely blessed and fortunate to have been a part of such a special project and we are extremely thankful to all of the individuals involved in the Field of Dreams, especially Western Refining.”
“It may seem like a small gesture in the community, but the Field of Dreams program makes a huge impact for our kids and our school,” said Lynn Gill, principal of Andress High School.
The renovations to the field began on February 11th and were completed by the Chihuahuas grounds crew. The renovations included tilling the infield, replacing the infield grass, laser grading the infield skin and rebuilding the mound and home plate.
“It is our privilege and our obligation to give back to our community and to perpetuate the game of baseball,” said Brad Taylor, the Chihuahuas general manager. “We are truly grateful to Western Refining for making this possible.”
The Western Refining Field of Dreams is entering its third year, here are former recipients:
· 2014 Jefferson High School
· 2015 Bel Air High School
Timeline of Field of Dreams:
· February 11th, Removal of the infield dead grass
· February 15th, Placed 100 tons of infield mix between the mound and infield
· February 16th, Laser graded the field; rebuilt the mound; realigned the mound rubber and home plate
· February 17th, Sod laid through the entire infield and edged
· February 18th, Created base paths from base-to-base