The youngsters now have a brand new pair of diamonds to practice baseball on in the city of Manson.

Behind the efforts of the Youth Cougar Club, the City of Manson, Rasch Construction and countless others, two courts were built.

The game kicked off on the diamonds last Tuesday night with a ceremony honoring those involved in the effort to build Cougar and Rasch Fields.

“The Youth Cougar Club has identified a need to upgrade the area in terms of fields and facilities,” said Dave Pearson. “All we had was an old dirt field next to the soccer field that was used as a parking lot during soccer games and track.

“So we moved everything to the high school and the MAC and built new fields.

Pearson, who co-chairs the ICC with Brandon Bush, estimated the project cost “north of $150,000.”

“It’s going to be awesome,” he said. “We have our own designated spot and I’ve already driven by and seen dads with their sons and daughters playing catch and throw.”

“It really revitalized youth baseball and softball in Manson.” Seeing the energy move was pretty special.”

One of the fields was named in honor of Justin Rush, who passed away in 2020 after an eight-year battle with ALS. Rush’s sons threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Manson Northwest Webster Superintendent Justin Daggett and Manson Mayor Dave Anderson did the same at Cougar Field.

“The city of Manson has been a big contributor, along with the school district,” Pearson said. “We had numerous business sponsors, community members and families donate and provide labor.” Rasch Construction was one of the largest participants in the entire project.

“It will be very special indeed and hopefully provide many, many years of gaming.”

The first games featured teams from Manson and Fort Dodge.

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