Volunteers bring Florence softball field back to life


after one of the worst fire seasons in state history forced firefighters to use a Bitterroot baseball field as a fire camp the auto thrilled softball field in Florence is finally ready for use again thanks to the help of many Katie Miller spoke with a former coach who says seeing it usable again can bring on the tears 2017 was probably Montana’s worst fire season in more than 100 years in Florence firefighters camped on the softball field making it unsafe to play on after two years of community donations construction and weather delays the field is playable once again on Saturday the falcons hosted Frenchtown head coach Rob Rawls says one parent Kris Kovach worked on the field every day it was just a dream he forced it and made it real in a grassroots effort parents fundraised applied for grants and built the new field the school was not involved in Kovach says he’d do it all again I wanted my daughter and I wanted all the other girls to play on arguably one of the nicest fields in the state and I feel like they deserve it you know they play softball year-round and you know whether they’re in the gym plan or playing in the summertime they deserve to play on something that’s really nice they’re still working on fixing up the practice field and walking path former softball coach Joe McKay says at one point before the fires the team practice near sewers he can’t describe what it’s like to see the new field you can literally bring tears to my eyes because this program means that much to me I just wish I wasn’t so old I’d still be involved in Florence Katie Miller MTN news and parents and community members say the field was so successful that they’re also planning to update the football field and track

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