Commissioners gave final approval last week for much needed upgrades on the Macon Middle School batting cages. Used by both the Macon Middle School and the Franklin High School baseball teams for batting practice, safety concerns prompted the FHS baseball coach to request the upgrades. While commissioners approved funding for the project last week, the Board of Education first caught wind of the problem at the Jan. 28. school board meeting, when FHS baseball coach Ryan Raby approached the board with the deplorable condition of the cages.
Over the years, the batting cages the school uses have begun to fall apart. In one of the cages, only about 50 percent of the temporary turf is left to cover the concrete and there are few places to hide when a baseball bounces off of one of the poles used to hold up the nets.