Magdalena baseball fence improved

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Submitted photo courtesy of Mike Chambers Magdalena school district’s higher baseball fence should keep balls from falling into neighbors’ property. Superintendent Mike Chambers said the district added 10 feet to the existing 40-foot fence as well as a four-foot extension set at a 45 degree angle.

Magdalena
In response to a threatened lawsuit complaining about foul balls landing on residential property adjoining Magdalena schools’ baseball field, the school district has raised the backstop fence by 10 feet to 50 feet and added a four-foot extension angled at 45 degrees.
In June, village residents Thomas and Eleanor Key threatened to sue the Magdalena Municipal School Board, complaining that foul balls were regularly landing on their property, according to court documents. The field is across the street from their home.
The lawsuit was averted, at least temporarily, by a mediation session. The school district agreed to raise the fence, said Mike Chambers, Magdalena Schools superintendent.
“We are trying to address the situation because we understand their concerns,” Chambers said. “We want to be a good neighbor.”
The fence extension was completed in mid-July, he said. A softball tournament this summer did not result in any foul balls escaping the field, but the real test will come this winter, at the start of the baseball season.