By Associated Press - Sunday, April 9, 2017

DELMONT, S.D. (AP) - A 70-year-old baseball program in Delmont has dissolved.

The Delmont Baseball Association is turning over the baseball field and other assets to the Delmont Development Corporation after a decade-long downturn in participation, The Daily Republic (https://bit.ly/2oFBVTR) reported.

Jeff Friman and Darren Fechner from the Development Corporation said at a meeting last month that the organization is interested in turning the field into a smaller, softball and Little League field or small park. The property encompasses about nine acres, and will be handed over to the development group pending legal counsel.

“We’ll see if we can keep it going … but it might not be a long-lived thing either,” Fechner said. “It might only be for four or five more years, but we’ll see how it goes and go from there.”

A project on the baseball diamond could cost over $20,000 to complete, which has previously scared other organizations from taking on a development project.



The Tripp-Delmont Indee Jacks has been unable to form a team for the past two seasons. Longtime Baseball Association member Ervin Bietz said the town’s Little League program has been absent for many years.

“It’s time to let it go,” he said. “Once you don’t have a team it hurts, that was always a pretty good drawing card for Sunday afternoons and evenings - that used to have pretty nice crowds.”

Bietz is hopeful for the baseball diamond’s future, believing the new development ideas could positively impact the town of 200 people.

“It’s just another phase a little town goes through,” he said. “It’s something everybody expected, but who knows what’s next?”

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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