Cazenovia College needs continued enhancement of athletic facilities

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The soil has gravel in it, tearing up hands and legs while sliding. The surrounding fence is curled up towards the field, risking the chance of serious open wounds from the sharp metal.

The ditches beyond first and third base are open invitations for a broken leg. The sinkholes by each base have caused various injuries to many players.

There are ruts in the outfield, no usable benches in the dugouts and the field can never hold more than a few inches of rain without tarps.

These are all issues that make me feel like I am playing on a little league field – actually more like a cow pasture. Since the college does not own the field — they lease the baseball and softball fields from the neighboring American Legion — they have to abide by certain rules.

It is fantastic that the college finally installed a new turf facility, but when are other sports going to have the same support that the lacrosse and soccer teams have received?

Playing as a Division III varsity athlete, I expected to be taken seriously on the field. When I step onto the Veteran softball field to play at home games, it is hard to hold my head high and say I am proud that I chose to play at Cazenovia College.

Our opponents even comment about field conditions year after year, and not much has changed.

Whether you are playing a high school or college level sport, you should be proud to walk onto the playing field each day, at practice or a game. Playing at Cazenovia has not only caused nagging injuries that I will have to live with, but it has showed me you must have a love for the game to keep playing.

Money should never be a reason for inequality, but over the years it seems like more support has been given to certain teams over others; whether it is within the media coverage, social networking, support at games, financial support, maintenance or anything else. Softball has been left out of the loop for too long.

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