VIDEO: Essig plays first game under the lights

Posted on June 5, 2015 by Trent Jackson


A good crowd of eager Essig baseball fans showed up Friday evening to Essig Ballpark for the small town’s first ever game under the lights on a cool and calm summer night.

Essig Ballpark was originally founded in 1944, and fundraising for the lights began in 2011. Essig relied mostly on private donations from several local banks and local business as well as former players and coaches to help make up most of the funding, according to Essig manager Terry Helget. The rest of the funding has been taken care of by Essig Baseball Club to make up for the roughly $140,000 project.

The park benefits many teams such as local youth teams and scheduling will be a lot more efficient.

“A lot of times we’ve been in the playoffs over the years and if you’re the high seed and the first game is Friday night we would have to go somewhere else, so hopefully those days are over,” said Helget.

“This is my 28th season of playing, and I’ve gotten ready for a lot of night games before, but never here so it was kind of weird, like this is actually happening.”

The Essig Bluejays were defeated by the Springfield Tigers 6-3 in their night game debut at Essig Ballpark. Essig moves to 3-4 overall while their Tomahawk East League foe Springfield moves to 4-3.

Springfield starting pitcher Jason Nachreiner pitched a solid six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts. The Tigers recorded 14 base hits while scoring one run in the second, four in the third, and one in the eighth.

Essig’s Ted Mohr came in early to relieve starter Eric Scheibel after 2 and two-thirds innings. Mohr completed the rest of the game, giving up one run on five hits, and striking out eight.

The Bluejays will host eight more night games throughout the season. 

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