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  • Helping Hands For Hard Work: Renovation of baseball park proves to be a team effort

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  • Sometimes, you have to take matters into your own hands.
    And when those hands equal an entire team and a committed group of parents, just about anything is possible.
    Just ask Ardmore head baseball coach Will Trisciani and his team, who recently completed several renovations to the baseball field at Valero Park by doing things themselves.
    Seriously.
    With help from the Ardmore Dugout Club, Trisciani's staff and team were able to completely remodel the backstop, redo the entire infield and have plans to remove bleachers from behind home plate and create a grandstand type setting in the near future.
    And all this was done through money gathered by baseball parents and work done by the ones who will benefit most: the team.
    "Our kids have done amazing and our parents have been great," Trisciani said. "We asked at the (Ardmore) Dugout Club meeting if they were interested in doing it, and it was a consensus 'yes,' from all the parents."
    "The players were there from start to finish. Almost everything that was done on that field, they did," said Trisciani, who came to Ardmore in 2005 as an assistant and was named head coach in May 2011. "They were out there from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hot weather, some of them on their off days from their other jobs."
    Specifics within the renovations include the changing to a stem wall backstop that will feature tall netting, as opposed to chain link fencing, alongside excavation of the entire infield, laser leveling and the addition of new sod, all of which were in the works, ideally, long ago.
    "When I took the job back in 2011, there were five things I wanted to do," Trisciani said. "The backstop was one, and to laser the field was two. We also wanted new uniforms, and there are other things that we haven't done, but will definitely do as we get the money."
    For some, money would be the biggest issue. For others, waiting on more action from the school would take time. As for Trisciani and his bunch, there was one way to get this done, and that's something that was noticed by the school.
    "The Dugout Club is a strong club that's always been very supportive of the baseball program," said Ardmore athletic director Doug Wendel. "And I think that's a credit to Coach Trisciani and the guys before him building the successful tradition that is Ardmore baseball."
    "When you want to do things like we've done, you've got to go find the money," Trisciani said. "We can't expect the school, which has already built us a nice ballpark, to come back and change everything all of a sudden."
    It's an example of the do-it-all attitude that Trisciani has instilled in his program, which showed with the efforts from almost 75 percent of his high school players, every single day.
    Page 2 of 2 - "We wanted them to be a part of it and to feel like it was their own," Trisciani said. "It teaches them two things: taking ownership in their place and knowing they've had a hand in it, and it's also a team-building project."
    Trisciani and his coaching staff, comprised of assistant coach Dick Brumley and son Braden, spearheaded the project and did a large amount of work, alongside their staff.
    "Those guys are well respected in the community and within our school system," Wendel said. "They're always working hard to do what's best for their kids."
    The team helped form the wall, build the concrete, put in the posts for the backstop net, dig up the infield and more, with the season still some seven months away.
    And during the process, just when Trisciani thought his staff and his team would have to put down the sod themselves, there came more help.
    "The school was a tremendous help on the redo of the infield," Trisciani said. "Our maintenance guys helped with a huge part of this. They basically brought in the sod and laid it down for us."
    And more help.
    "We got help from Roger Day, Jimmy Frazier and so many more," Trisciani said. "Those guys and others were a huge help. I know we couldn't have done it without them."
    And there you have it.
    All Trisciani & Co. are waiting for now is the large net to arrive, and this summer's work will be complete.
    "It was a great summer," Trisciani said. "When the net gets here, we're sticking it up and then all of our hard work will be complete for this summer."
    When adding up the helping hands and hard work, this summer will not only pay off in the looks department, but should show up when practice starts next spring.
    Trisciani, whose team finished on what he called a "sour note" last season, returns plenty of talent, including four seniors and six sophomores who started a season ago. It's a group Trisciani says, "won't quit until the job is done."
    "I saw a lot of character this summer from every one of them," Trisciani said. "Our kids want to leave a legacy behind. I wouldn't trade them for anybody."
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