The Woodmore baseball field in Woodville is being redone, thanks to the school’s athletic boosters and Fremont Federal Credit Union donations.
“Basically, they took the whole outfield out,” said first-year varsity head coach Todd Bringman, a Woodmore graduate and long time assistant with the program.
“Maumee Bay Turf came in and installed a completely new infield that’s all laser graded and athletic grade sod from Cygnet. It’s all red clay, and they put in a 28-zone irrigation system,” Bringman continued.
Bringman said total project cost was $28,000, and Woodmore baseball has more in store for the field.
“That’s just the first stage,” Bringman said. “We’re going to take out all the chain link. We’re fortunate to get some funding, hopefully through the school. They’re going to put in a brick wall for a backstop and it will be net, kind of like at Fifth Third (Field). The dugouts will be torn down and new ones will be put further down the foul lines, so that should open it up quite a bit.”
The Wildcats were 5-3 heading into Suburban Lakes League action this past week against Lakota and Eastwood.
“We hit a little rough spot, but I think we’re getting over that,” Coach Bringman said.
Meanwhile, one of Bringman’s former players is bringing good publicity to the Woodmore baseball program. Bringman said Woodmore coaches are keeping an eye on the progress of Bowling Green State University sophomore pitcher Charles Wooten.
“Yeah, we keep an eye on Charlie, usually through the papers because they play at the same time we do,” Bringman said. “Yeah, we’re awfully proud of Charlie.”
Last week, Wooten pitched the last 2.1 innings to get the win in BGSU’s 7-6 victory over Ball State, one game in a three-game sweep of the Cardinals. So far, Wooten is 3-1, starting two games and appearing in 14, with 13 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched.
Last year as a freshman, Wooten made 19 appearances for the Falcons, which tied for second on the team, all in relief.
Wooten combined with pitcher Kevin Leady (Eastwood) to shutout (8-0) Fairfield on the spring trip, going four innings and giving up two hits and no runs to earn the save. He earned his other save with two innings of work against Xavier. He went four innings, his longest stint of the season, in the Western Michigan game.
Wooten had a 2.82 ERA for the first 22.1 innings (seven earned runs) of his career and had 18 strikeouts. He did not allow an earned run in seven of his appearances and had at least one strikeout in 14 contests. He appeared in seven MAC games, all in relief, totaling 14.0 innings.
At Woodmore, Wooten was named first team All-Suburban Lakes League as a senior, along with earning All-Ohio Mizuno team and SLL Player of the Year honors. He had 107 strikeouts his senior season, while he batted .446.
He helped lead the Wildcats to District finals as a senior and the Regional finals as a junior. and was named second team All-SLL as a junior as he batted .320.