Volunteers work on the dugouts. (Photo submitted)
Volunteers work on the dugouts. (Photo submitted)

DELPHOS — The girls softball diamonds at Stadium Park have new dugouts thanks to many donors and volunteers.

The Delphos Baseball/Softball Association spearheaded the project.

Members Dan Metzger, Tim Wertz, Dan Swick, Doug Martz and Chad Ulm were instrumental in getting the project started back in 2019, working to get plans created multiple donors lined up. Unfortunately, COVID got in the way of making this a reality until now.

“Although many aspects of the construction were completed through the donation of material and labor, Delphos BSA still had quite a few expenses related to the finalization of the project,” BSA member Matt Schwinnen said. “We have numerous businesses and organizations helped bridge that gap.”

They included:

— Arnold C Dienstberger Foundation, which awarded he BSA funding over the last few years specifically for the construction of thee dugouts.

— The Delphos Run Club that donated receipts from its monthly events in 2019 toward construction; and

— State Farm of Delphos provided funds to assist with additional costs.

Other businesses that made a monetary donation to the league this year to assist were: Delphos Eagles, Raabe Ford Lincoln, Unverferth Manufacturing, Kiwanis Club of Delphos, Delphos Recreation Center, Edward Jones-Andy North, Delphos Vision Care, Delphos VFW, Jim Schmidt Chevrolet, Jack’s Pizza, HG Violet Equipment, Odenweller Jauman Insurance, First Financial Bank. H&R Block. Lehmann’s Furniture, US Metalcraft, Delphos Area Browns Backers, Dickman Insurance, Kosta’s Topp Chalet, Rahrig Financial Group, Niedecken’s Carry Out, Morris Chiropractic and Lakeview Farms.

Those providing much-needed labor and materials included:

— Don Bergfeld and Peterson Construction, who assisted with getting the original plans professionally developed prior to COVID shut down and were instrumental in helping the league understand the process and what needed to be done.

— Corey Schuerman Concrete battled the unpredictable weather of March and April and officially broke ground on the concrete footers on March. Concrete pads followed on April 21.

— Greg Schuerman from Peterson Construction and his group of masons provided their time and expertise laying the block walls on April 30. This group included Aaron Schuerman, Eric Norbeck, Joey Grubenhoff, Tyler Metzger, Jake Place, Bill Place, Noah Dunlap and Greg Twining. In addition to this team, many volunteers from Delphos came out to assist including, Tommy Gorman, Tony Metzger, Eric Kerner, Ben Becker, Matt Cook, Doug Martz, Steve Richards, Shawn Develvis and Tony Rahrig.

— Nathan Lee of Lee Restoration donated over 1,500 concrete blocks for the dugout walls;

— Tony Wourms of Technical Roofing of St. Henry donated his time and affixed the metal roof;

— B&K Trucking donated the sand needed to mix for block mortar;

— Fidelity Building Supplies provided the needed block mortar at cost;

— Unverferth Manufacturing fabricated the baseplates needed for support poles and allowed John Pseekos to use facility to weld baseplates to poles; and last but but not least

— Craig Mansfield and the Parks Department assisted with many aspects throughout the project; helped coordinate, receive, and stage supplies as they arrived at the park; and provided the use of machinery and utilities when needed to complete various tasks.

“We cannot express how grateful we are for everyone who contributed in any way to this project,” Schwinnenn said.