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Girl Scout Working To Get Lights for Softball Field

A 12-year-old catcher is working to have lights installed on her youth softball league’s field in Scott Township.

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.”

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Bigrig June 20, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I had assumed that she lived in CT. Perhaps she does live in one of the three private houses and not one of the hundred plus units at CT. If I am incorrect with my assumption, I apologize.
Lexi Schwartzmiller June 22, 2012 at 06:15 AM
This is a great idea Lizzy thought of! I wish I would of thought of this when I was kid trying to play on that field. Like Morgan Figura said earlier, that field was never playable when we were Lizzy's age (12 yrs. old.) I am now 18 and have seen that field transform into something great! Lights would put the icing on the cake! By doing this, it could open field times for coaches, players and parents considering the busy schedules our lives lead us today... I have just completed my freshamn year at Robert Morris University where I received a scholarship to play softball. With that, I know what extra work is and staying after practice to get extra reps in, or going to the field late on a Friday night instead of going out with my friends. Those lights could of really helped me out when I was their age! I have the privilege to coach Lizzy and I am proud of it. She is one hard working girl and doesn't stop till she reaches her goal! The way I look at this is opportunity. These lights may give these girls an opportunity to have a chance at getting a scholarship like I did by staying later after practice just to take some extra groundballs when those lights are on. It could give them an opportunity to learn the game, make new friends, stay active and stay out of trouble!! I always remembered the best games to play in were always the night games.... This shouldn't be looked as a negative movement because the only things that can come from this are good things. Go Liz!
Anonymous Resident June 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I think it's a shame that you would say this about the residents. Say what you want, but I guarantee that if you were in the same situation of having this in your backyard, you'd be having issues with it as well. But, you don't have a field next to your home do you ? So, you'll safely say it wouldn't bother you. The major problem with lights/speakers going in is the additional playtime this field will say. History shows it will be a showcase field for many more practices, games and summer long tournaments. Residents will no longer be afforded a chance to quietly enjoy a summer evening in their backyards. They will be in competition with 5-6 nights/week of games and noise until 10:30PM the majority of the summer. I'm all for kids, I have children myself. But, I feel it is completely unfair that my rights to a quiet evening after a long day of work be infringed upon so some kids can play ball all day long and through the night. If they want some night games, let them have a designated night or 2 at Scott Park. It's unfair that Scott Park is designated a boys only field.
Concerned July 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I am some what concerned that the residents of Scott Township have been misinformed in some way. It was said on many occassions that this field was to give the girls the opportunity to have a field with lights to play on, like the boys do. This is what they deserved. We were also told that this field is ONLY to be used for softball. Unfortunately this is NOT the case. There have been many baseball practices on the municipal field lately, and as of today there is a baseball tournament being held here until Tuesday. We keep hearing, it's only fair for the girls to have lights, but now we see it will be used for the boys too. This field is very close to Chartiers Terrace. There is no guarentee that a Scott team or visiting team will not have a slugger that will hit one out of the field, damaging a neighboring car. I have been at the park many of nights where people don't park in certain sections for fear that a ball will hit there car. What should the residents do, move there cars for the weekend? It is one thing to play softball there, but a whole different ballgame when the boys start playing there. It does not matter how old they are. As residents of Scott, we want to truth of what the field is going to be used for.
Guest October 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM
A place in Joplin Mo has old used softball lights. You should check with them

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