Upgrades to Hug High baseball field underway

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) The Hug High School baseball field will be getting a new storage shed thanks to a donation from local Les Schwab Tire Centers.

"We do a lot of things in the community and this is one of the things we thought worthy of what we stand for," said David Carlson of Les Schwab. "We try to do things with kids and youth."

Thieves broke into the old shed last summer and stole most of the team's equipment.

"Almost all the jerseys, a good number of bats and balls, some of the gloves that we have for students that don't have them were all taken," said baseball coach Trent Vass. "But with the support of the community we've been able to get most of it back."

The community continues to give. There are plans to redo the infield and fencing here by next season; a big upgrade to a field known for its bad hops.

"It's kind of a notorious field for bad hops in the infield so we're talking a lot of time to try and rectify some of those issues and hopefully there will be no more hug hops," Vass said.

The field has already come a long way in recent years.

"When I first started, the field was in pretty bad shape," Vass said. "So we've been rebuilding it with little projects here and there and this donation is going to be a huge help."

The players say the improvements will make a big difference.

"The field definitely didn't look like this when I started playing my freshman year," said senior shortstop and pitcher Ricky Gonzalez. "We really appreciate all the local community is doing to help us."

"This is great, once the new coach took over the whole program just turned around," said junior catcher Cesar Valenzuela. "We all have good vibes and everyone wants to get better every day."

The improvements will be ongoing, even though the school will be moving to a new location in four years.

"We still have four teams that are going to play on this field and the kids really deserve to have a safe field," Vass said. "We're going to make it as nice as we can make it for the kids still coming up through the program."

It's unclear what will happen to the fields when a career and tech school takes over the buildings, but there have been talks about opening that area up for the community to take advantage of.