GOSHEN — It could’ve been worse.
Goshen Little League President Tom Cain woke up Tuesday morning after the howling winds and torrential rains had passed through Goshen on Monday night and decided he better take a route to work that took him past the baseball and softball fields at Pringle Park.
What he encountered was the worst natural disaster damage he had seen at the park in his eight years of being on the board.
The first-year league president found fencing damage on Field 4 and Field 5. The backstop at Field 5 caved into the field of play, causing Cain to immediately halt teams from even practicing on that field.
His next move was to pick up the phone. He knew the repairs wouldn’t be able to be done in time for upcoming games. He knew he needed to find temporary new home fields.
The good news for Cain and Goshen Little League is that the Little League regular season is complete. The bad news is that this comes in the heart of all-star play.
Cain quickly realized teams wouldn’t be able to play on either of the two fields. Concord Little League quickly offered up its services once it learned of the damage, and a 9-10-year-old softball game was played there Tuesday night. Osolo Little League, which Cain said sustained storm damage to its fields in previous years, offered its assistance, too. The next 9-10-year-old softball game will be played there Saturday.
“Within the Little League community, the other parks have been really supportive as well,” Cain said.
The junior/senior baseball teams that play on Field 5 were relocated to Goshen’s Rogers Park on Thursday night. Cain thanked the Goshen Parks Department for its cooperation and assistance.
Cain said Thursday afternoon that in total, including the games already moved, five games would have to be moved due to the damage.