The Game Must Go On

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The Castlewood community is making repairs after a powerful hail storm tore through the area last month. The storm knocked down power lines, broke windows at the nursing home and tore up the baseball field. 

For the last 21 years Castlewood has hosted a baseball tournament the weekend before the 4th of July. But this year after a  June hail storm heavily damaged the field, residents weren’t sure if that tradition would continue.

“A third of our backstop was down. Our dugout was gone. The outfield fence was down,” Castlewood Legion Baseball Head Coach Dan Haug said.

The powerful hail storm caught residents off guard. 

“We were surprised that there was so much destruction I don’t think we realized the intensity of the storm coming through,” Baseball Concession Coordinator Ruth Fodness said.

With so much damage across town they weren’t sure if they could make the needed repairs in time.

“We were thinking we wouldn’t be playing anymore baseball games at the field this summer,” Fodness said.

And getting the field ready for the tournament was not a priority.

“Obviously you’re gonna pick up the trees first get the powerlines fixed, get the assisted living home fixed, when all those other things were done the guys got started on the ball field,” Haug said.

Eventually the fences were fixed and they put together a make shift dug out. A few bleachers were still missing but that didn’t stop the fans from coming down to cheer on their team.

“It’s awesome whenever Castlewood is in trouble people come together and make things happen,” Castlewood Teeners Coach Jacob Tvedt said.

“I just owe all of them a huge thank you just look at this day we have it just unbelievable,” Haugs said.

While some repairs still need to be made Haug says he is grateful for everyone’s help to make the tournament possible.

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