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Art McRae Field has new scoreboard
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The Ceres High varsity baseball program has a new scoreboard. It was installed behind the left-field fence at Art McRae Field in May.

"It looks good," said Ceres coach Tim Williams. "We'll have it running for the Ron Vermulen Tournament."

The total cost for the project was $8,100, including $4,100 for the Daktronics scoreboard and $4,000 for installation.

The Ceres High Associated Student Body contributed $3,000.

The Ceres High baseball program covered the difference with help from the Ceres Unified School District. CUSD paid for the electrical work.

"We saw a need," said Ceres High activity director Linda Cooper. "That's why we did it."

Added Williams: "Ms. Cooper led us in the right direction. And gave us some of the money. Then we were on our way."

The new scoreboard is bigger, more colorful and easier to read. And most importantly, it's functional.

The old scoreboard was located near the visitor's dugout.

"It was horrible," Cooper said. "It wouldn't do certain things anymore. The only thing it could put up when it came time to replace it was the actual score. No runs. No outs. No anything."

"It looked awful," said Scott Siegel, former Ceres High principal and current assistant superintendent of Business Services for CUSD.

"The new scoreboard looks good," said Ceres High athletic director Phil de la Porte. "It's high class."

"It needed to be done," Williams said.

Installed in the 1970s, the original scoreboard served the baseball program for more than 30 years. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier