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A San Angelo resident has helped Christoval baseball move about 25 percent of the way toward a permanent home for both the Little League and high school baseball program there, according to John Bendure.
"She said she read the article in the paper and that she had been thinking about doing something for somebody but she just didn't know what. So, yeah, she wrote us a check for $125,000," said Bendure, Christoval Little League board president.
Christoval Independent School District voted to add baseball and softball but on the stipulation that Christoval Little League provide the funding and support needed to renovate and build facilities within the two-year time frame required by the University Interscholastic League.
With the anonymous donation, Bendure and his board of volunteers are about a quarter of the way toward the estimated $475,000 needed to renovate the Little League field at Pugh Park as well as build a softball field.
Bendure also announced that another donor stepped up to give the rights to 15-acre feet of water to irrigate the two fields, which are situated along the South Concho River.
"That's a big thing, too," said Bendure, who has been leading the Christoval Little League for 10 years. "That's all the water we'll need."
Christoval has begun play in high school baseball and softball, competing in what is termed an "outlaw" schedule this season because they cannot be simply injected into a district in the middle of the UIL's two-year realignment calendar.
In February, Christoval was aligned into a baseball and softball district - District 5-2A - which will include Eldorado, Fort Hancock, McCamey, Ozona and Van Horn.
Christoval will play all of their games for the 2019 season on the road. Bendure hopes to have the fields ready by the 2020 season.
Raising the remainder of the funds is the major focus, but there is also the matter of securing a long-term lease with Tom Green County, Bendure said. The land from which Pugh Park was created was donated to the county years ago.
Bendure and Christoval Little League built a youth baseball facility in Pugh Park. Last spring, Christoval Little League's 13-year-old team won the city championship. Christoval Little League and the high school will share the baseball facility when it is completed.
If you would like to help, or learn more about the efforts of Christoval Little League to build facilities for Christoval High School baseball and softball, contact John Bendure at 325-212-6160.
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