NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Thanks to some local businesses and volunteers, the Newcomerstown baseball field was upgraded with new dugouts on each side of the diamond.

Those donating materials, labor and or their time include Steve Brode and the WM Brode Company who donated materials and labor; Matt Ringer with Ringer Metal Company who donated roofing materials; Jeff Mcintire, Sr. and Beldin Brick donated the bricks; and Shawn Lower, Robert Gano and Matt Baird all volunteered their time into this project.

Newcomerstown baseball coach Robb Hendershot said that the original dugouts had been their since the 1970s and wanted to show his gratitude to all who made this project happen.

"These new dugouts are huge for us," offered Hendershot. "They have more of a modern look to them now and they turned out real nice. We have a lot more space and some more room for storage.

"The volunteer work was phenomenal," Hendershot continued. "I couldn't ask for a better community to get something done in. So many people donated their time and materials to get this done and we can't thank them enough because these dugouts look great."

Newcomerstown High Athletic Director Mark Wolff talked about the process and how the dugouts got done right in time for the baseball season.

"The idea came about last fall," said Wolff. "Coach Hendershot came to me and said he could get a real good deal on bricks. Shawn Lower offered his time to lay the bricks for us and then Brode Construction helped with the roofing and the concrete on the inside. We were about a week late and had to play some of our home games away to start the season, but it all came together for us.

"I am very happy with them," Wolff continued. "It was pushing it to the very end, but it all worked out and we are going to be adding the benches in the summer. I want to thank everyone who volunteered and all the businesses who made this an affordable project for us."