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 led the project.

Members Dan Metzger, Tim Wertz, Dan Swick, Doug Martz and Chad Ulm were instrumental in launching the project in 2019 and working to create plans for multiple donors. Unfortunately, COVID has stood in the way of this implementation until now.

“Although many aspects of construction were completed with the donation of materials and labor, Delphos BSA still had some expenses associated with completing the project,” said BSA Member Matt Schwinnen. “We have numerous companies and organizations that have helped bridge this gap.”

These included:

— Arnold C Dienstberger Foundation, which has provided BSA funding specifically for shelter construction in recent years.

— The Delphos Run Club, which donated proceeds from its monthly events in 2019 to the construction; and

— State Farm of Delphos provided funds to cover the additional costs.

Other companies that made a cash donation to the league this year 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 who provided much-needed labor and materials included:

– Don Bergfeld and Peterson Construction who helped professionally develop the original plans prior to the COVID closure and were instrumental in helping the league understand the process and actions required.

– Corey Schuerman Concrete battled the unpredictable weather of March and April and officially broke ground on the concrete feet in March. Concrete slabs followed on April 21st.

– Greg Schuerman of Peterson Construction and his team of masons donated their time and expertise to install the log walls on April 30th. 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 Delphos volunteers came to help, 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 shelter walls;

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

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

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

— Unverferth Manufacturing manufactured the base plates needed for support rods and allowed John Pseekos to use the facility to weld base plates to rods; last but not least

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

“We cannot express our gratitude to everyone who contributed in any way to this project,” Schwinnenn said.