Mattituck High School’s baseball field is getting a new backstop and dugout fencing thanks to a generous donation from a local business owner.
The Charles and Helen Reichert Family Foundation donated $25,019.94 for the purchase and installation of the new fencing.
Charles Reichert, owner of the Southold and Greenport IGA, has attended many baseball games at Mattituck over the years his grandson has played for Babylon High School. Last May, he came to Athletic Director Gregg Wormuth with an offer after a game.
“He said he enjoyed watching his grandson play on the team, but particularly enjoyed the chemistry between Babylon and Mattituck teams when they played one another,” Wormuth said. “He pointed out that our backstop is very low and starting to rust, and said ‘I’d like to purchase this for you.’”
The school board accepted the donation at last night’s board meeting.
“We should be starting work Monday,” Wormuth said.
Board member Douglas Cooper, who is the chair of the Buildings, Safety and Grounds committee, commented that he’d like to see something done to recognize the donors that have given to the district. He said they will begin working on something as soon as possible.
“I can already think of several guys that need to be recognized,” Cooper said.