Lizzy Evans is working to have lights installed on her youth softball league’s field so her teammates can play and practice at night.
The 12-year-old catcher living in Scott Township has reached out to a company about building the lights and plans to write a grant application to Duquesne Light to build the lights at the softball field located between Lindsay and Greentree roads.
The lights could cost $109,000, but they would allow more games and practices at the softball field near the . Lizzy is trying to get grant money to pay for all of the installation.
“It’s a lot of work, but it will all be worth it,” Lizzy said. “We’ll probably get more (girls) to play if we get the light and have more time to play.”
Lizzy, who has played softball on both travel teams and in the Scott league for six years, met with township officials last week to discuss the idea. They seem receptive to the idea, but she must still meet with people living in the neighboring Terrace Apartments before moving forward.
“I’m very confident in what I’ve been doing,” Lizzy said. “I’m petty sure they’ll say yes … hopefully.”
Getting the lights are part of Lizzy’s Girl Scout Silver Award project. However she probably wouldn’t benefit from the lights since she probably won’t be playing in the league when they’re installed. She hopes it gives the softball players more chances to play and practice.
“The lights will allow us to have more games and have the ability to have more practices,” Lizzy said. “There will more time for both.”
Lizzy plans to meet with residents at the Terrace later this month before the Scott Township commissioners make a decision on the plan.
Even if they agree to the lights, Lizzy will still have to write the grant application and work with Duquesne Light and other companies to build the light stands. That’s a project she’s looking forward to work on.
“I didn’t think it was that many hours,” Lizzy said of the time she’s spent on the project. “It just flies by.”