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Location sought for batting cage in Steamboat

Local man wants to provide training area

Luke Graham

— Somewhere on the Front Range, baseball players are taking rep after rep in a batting cage, even though the weather outside says it's a different season.

Local baseball enthusiast Harvey Lyon is trying his best to give ballplayers in Steamboat Springs a similar setup. Lyon recently bought an indoor batting cage and is looking for a place in town to put it.

The cage is 10 feet wide, 12 feet tall and 50 feet long.

Lyon said a warehouse in town would be the ideal place for it. He said he's not averse to paying a small fee for the space, mostly to cover the costs of heating the facility.

The old gym at Steamboat Springs High School has a batting cage, but during the winter months its use is limited to before 7:30 a.m. because of winter sports and practices.

Outside of that, getting reps in a batting cage requires a three-hour drive.

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"It's absolutely critical to the high school team," Lyon said. "Go on any high school baseball website, and they're doing hitting three or four days a week. There are no weather-protected batting cages west of the Rockies until you get down to Grand Junction."

Lyon would aim to have the cage set up until the third week of February, when the high school baseball team begins its season.

He said that it would mostly be used for the high school team but that he was open to allowing youth baseball teams to use it. The plan, he said, would be for the batting cage to be used three nights a week and maybe on weekends.

At this point, Lyon said he just hopes to open up the conversation with someone about the space.

"There are lots of various scenarios," he said. "I can't give specifics until I see the space."

Those interested in donating space may call Lyon at 970-846-1310.

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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