Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Youngsville’s baseball park gets a facelift in preparation for a new summer league. By Erin Z. Bass
|Photo by Daniel Landry|
|Members of the “Sugar Canes” — (from left)
Samantha Roy, Stacey Smith, Ashley Coco,
Kelly Creel, Erin Mendoza, Lee Harbourt,
Elizabeth Pollard and Julia Pollard — join
Cane Cutters mascot “Eddy” and team
owner Richard Chalmers at the newly
renovated Fabacher Field in Youngsville.
At 7 p.m. on June 3, the Acadiana Cane Cutters will take on the Victoria Generals at Fabacher Field in Youngsville. Kicking off a summer season of wooden bat baseball, the Cane Cutters are the newest member of the Texas Collegiate League and will give college-level players the chance to showcase and improve their skills during the off-season. In turn, Acadiana gets to enjoy 30 home games of baseball and all the fanfare that comes with the sport.
Owned by Richard Chalmers and several other partners, the Cane Cutters will be housed at Fabacher Field, and a major overhaul of the park has been under way before the season starts.
“The field has been getting a facelift to make it look like more of a minor league [field],” says Chalmers. With a mix of covered bleachers and box seats, the park can hold 1,400 fans. Music will be played between innings, fun jumps set up for kids outside the gates, and a beer garden located in left field.
Chalmers’ day job is president of oil and gas consulting firm Chalmers Collins & Alwell, but he says he’s always been a baseball fan. “My dad is from the East Coast and played minor league, so we always went to games,” he says. Chalmers also coached youth baseball for 25 years and believes in the positive effects of the sport. “I really like minor league, because kids play for the right reasons,” he says. “They have more passion.”
Before the Cane Cutters, players would have had to join a league in places like Cape Cod or Alaska. “There’s a huge need for places for college kids to play in the summer,” says Chalmers. “It’s a good fit for Lafayette.”
Locals may recognize some of the names on the Cane Cutters’ roster. Taylor Dugas is a Teurlings graduate now playing at University of Alabama. Jacob Derouen is a Lafayette High alum from Louisiana Tech, and Matt Hicks plays for UL Lafayette. Other players come from Nicholls State, Texas A&M, University of Southern Mississippi and as far as Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. To join, players must be currently enrolled in college, playing for their school’s team and have remaining college eligibility. Of course, there’s always the hope that a scout will take notice.
For fans in the stands, this means the chance to see future major leaguers in Acadiana.
The Cane Cutters’ season kicks off June 1 with an away game against the Alexandria Aces. June 3 is the team’s first home game, and a fireworks show and other opening activities are planned. The season runs through Aug. 11. Visit www.canecuttersbaseball.com for more information.
Three bedroom traditional or two bedroom Victorian cottage
Snuggle worthy wear
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Authorities are investigating a report that a student there warned the principal of impending violence similar to that depicted in the movie "The Purge."
Saints cornerback Champ Bailey has played for more than a handful of playoff teams during a career that has seen him selected to 12 Pro Bowls.
Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
Police say a 56-year-old Lafayette man walking behind a dump truck died when the truck hit him as it was backing up.
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Fifa under fire for fake turf plans; freed journalist back home; corporate conversions rising and more national and international news for Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
Newly established honor recognizes outstanding local attorneys; Neuner and McGoffin win President's Award; and Blanchard named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Daily paper constructing new digs near production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near I-10.
Investigation finds Arnaud’s Furniture, Carroll Building Specialties and Crazy Charlie’s Shoes running misleading going-out-of-business sales.
Critics say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a proud papa of new baby girl.
The books on Louisiana's last budget year have been closed, but it took a bit of borrowing from this year to make the numbers work.
"This is yet another example of the failed leadership and lack of focus that Hunter Beasley has exhibited. He’s shown zero regard for kids, teachers or even passing a budget for the school year that’s already started."
Five bedroom Acadian style home or four bedroom traditional home
Cutting edge if you dare
The Iberia Parish Coroner responded Monday to the attention surrounding the questionable shooting of Victor White III, a black man from New Iberia who died April 2 while in the custody of local law enforcement.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Two months after lawmakers agreed to create a $40 million higher education incentive fund, no decisions have been made about how to divide the money.
With Drew Brees back healthy, the New Orleans Saints are free to work on the little things that can make the difference between a Super Bowl run and something less.
"Just as the devil does not deserve equal time with God, and a lie does not deserve equal time with the truth, the remarks of William Donahue have no place in any respectable journal seriously dealing with a serious story and pursuing truth."
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her lead GOP challenger Congressman Bill Cassidy are running close when it comes to money. Landrieu has $5.5 million to Cassidy’s $5.6 million in the bank.
With expectations mounting that Gov. Bobby Jindal will soon announce his campaign for president, attention is turning to not only who he will bring along with him but also what will transpire politically back home during the transition.
Fall's versatile must have
Three bedroom patio home in Lafayette or two bedroom traditional home in Maurice
Seven of the 11 U.S. cities in a new ranking of “most dangerous diets” are in the Bayou and Lone Star states, but the ranking is more about poverty than fried oysters.
Lafayette police are investigating a fatal shooting involving an alleged burglar and homeowner.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham got the message from the NFL. He's not dunking footballs over goal posts any more.