Baseball association hopes improved Optimist Park could land state tournament | Local

Litchfield has an opportunity to be host to the state’s premier amateur baseball event.

But first it has to improve its venue.

Several members of the Litchfield Baseball Association made their pitch for an improvement project that would cover the grandstand area at Optimist Park — and open an opportunity to host the Minnesota Baseball Association state tournament — to the Litchfield City Council earlier this month.

A covered grandstand is a requirement of the Dassel Baseball Association, which seeks to submit a bid for the 2023 state tournament. Dassel’s leadership agreed it would partner with Litchfield on the bid with the grandstand improvement as a contingency.

“Dassel doesn’t want to bring us along as a second site without some kind of commitment that we’re going to get a roof done,” LBA board member Nick Ridgeway said.

Litchfield Baseball Association’s board of directors approved a plan for the grandstand roof in December, and members met with City Administrator David Cziok in hopes of assembling a plan that might receive City Council backing, Ridgeway explained. Dassel’s state tournament committee had asked LBA to commit by…

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