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VIDEO | The Tradition Continues at the new Carl M. Kuss Memorial Field in West Bend, WI

West Bend, WI – An effort is underway to play a lot  The West Bend Baseball Association raised over $2.1 million to refurbish the field with a new grandstand, press box, turf infield, and seeded outfield. Cold temps this spring have hindered growth of the outfield grass and the earliest possible game is targeting May 26.

There is a backup plan for June 24, 2022 should the weather not cooperate.

“There will definitely be baseball played at the new Carl M. Kuss Memorial Field this spring,” according to Prudence Pick Hway, a key player in the remodeling of the historic field.

Willie Mueller, President of the West Bend Baseball Association, and the WBBA’s Doug Gonring took a stroll over the weekend on the turf and through the outfield. Both agreed the field could use another month and warmer temperatures to help the outfield grass take hold.

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Willie Mueller baseball
Willie ‘The Duke’ Mueller

The West Bend Baseball Association and Pick Hway have been the integral force behind the $2.1 million project which included a demolition of the old grandstand ….

…and construction of a new facility which included an enclosed press box sponsored by Horicon Bank, dugouts, a turf infield, and…

Horicon Bank

…a grass outfield donated by West Bend Elevator.

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Carl M. Kuss Memorial Field in August 2021

Below is a photo of the hydroseeding of the outfield on August 31, 2021 at Carl M. Kuss Memorial Field.

So far, WIAA Spring High School baseball has had a challenging season with games rained/snowed out.

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Because the outfield at Carl M. Kuss hasn’t been playable, games have been held at the high school diamond off Decorah Road and River Road. There are four other baseball diamonds in West Bend, however some games are being played at the softball diamond at Fireman’s Park in Newburg.

newburg fireman's park

“The turf field has lumps in it,” said Gonring, “We need to bring a real big roller out and roll the whole thing.”

“It’s not growing right… for baseball or for farmers,” said Mueller. “A friend said he usually has corn planted already but he said he can’t plant because the ground’s too cold.”
Gonring said the “grass is growing a little bit because of the heat from the turf.”
“But it’s not what it could be,” said Gonring. “It could use 30 more days. We’re not playing on it because nobody should be playing on this right now but not until it gets better especially because it’s a brand-new diamond.”
Carl M. Kuss Field in July 2021
The field was put in last August. Gonring toed at some dead spots in the outfield. “It’s not growing because it’s not warm enough,” he said.

“A lot of the water comes off the parking lot and kind of kind of sets in that corner,” said Mueller pointing to left field. “But it’s not in play. You can see on the field everything’s higher and fairly dry.”

 

The dugouts are dry as well, however the benches are missing. Mueller said Jeff’s Szukalski from Jeff’s Spirits on Main was going to bring tables and folding chairs, until the permanent benches are put in place. The portable mound is currently in storage underneath the grandstand.

Jeff's Spirits on Main

 

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West Bend Baseball Association
PO Box 575
West Bend, WI 53095

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