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VIDEO | Opening Day is May 26, 2022 at Carl M. Kuss Memorial Field

West Bend, WI – The West Bend Baseball Association announced May 26, 2022, will be opening day at Carl M. Kuss Memorial Field.
WBBA President Willie Mueller said a ribbon cutting is planned and the WBBA will hand out its senior high school player awards. A game between WBE and WBW boys varsity baseball will follow. The ribbon cutting is slated for 5 p.m. with the game to follow.
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.

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.

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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.”

Carl M. Kuss Field in July 2021

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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