Round Rock Express, business communities pitch in to rebuild flood-ravaged Oak Hill fields

Oak Hill baseball fields

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Young baseball fans will love this line-up.

The Oak Hill Youth Sports Association, whose baseball and softball fields in Southwest Austin were severely damaged by the October floods that washed away the fall season, will have newly surfaced and sodded fields in time for spring league games.

And all thanks to a broad group of businesses and baseball organizations that are pitching in to rebuild this neighborhood field of dreams.

The group, led by the Round Rock Express baseball club and Ryan Sanders Turf Services, also includes from Diamond Pro, Fenske Sand Gravel, the Houston Astros, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, the Nolan Ryan Foundation, the Perfect Mound, Sunbelt Rentals, the Texas Rangers Foundation and Whittlesey Landscape Supplies.

The situation looked bleak for the youth association, which was struggling to raise the money to rebuild even after several fundraisers in the months following the epic floods that wreaked havoc from downtown Austin to its outlying communities.

But the Round Rock Express, unwilling to see the young players strike out, picked up the ball and put together a partnership of champions who have pledged money or resources to help rebuild.

Repairs start Monday, Feb. 3, and will include rebuilding the field surfaces on seven fields at the complex: five baseball diamonds and two softball fields. The baseball fields will receive a new infield and sideline sod and all fields will receive new skinned clay areas.

“We’re happy to be able to pull together with some of our partners and help bridge the fundraising gap to get these field repairs done for the players, coaches and families of Oak Hill,” said Express CEO Reese Ryan.

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