Sikeston city leaders consider proposal to build rubberized baseball field

Sikeston city leaders consider proposal to build rubberized baseball field

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Sikeston city leaders are considering a proposal to build a rubberized baseball field for children of all abilities.

A proposal is under consideration for a new special needs baseball field in Sikeston.

The Southeast Missouri Challenger Baseball League features players from all over southeast Missouri.

Derrick Pullen of Sikeston presented plans for a new field to the Sikeston City Council on Monday. Pullen's son plays on the team.

Children from as far as Perryville, the Bootheel and Poplar Bluff play in the league every Saturday. This league include children ages 5 and up with special needs, some in wheelchairs.

The goal of the league is for children with special needs to make new friends with other children who can teach them the elements of baseball.

The league currently plays on a basketball court at the Sikeston Sports Complex. Asphalt is very dangerous for the kids since some children have trouble walking, said Pullen.

Pullen asked the city for a partnership to help build a solid surface rubberized baseball field.

The proposed site would be just north of the tee ball fields at the Sikeston Sports Complex. About 1,500 square feet of land is required for the proposed field.

The proposed field distance from home plate to the center field wall would be 125 feet to allow hitters to hit home runs easier.

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