Fairbury cuts ribbon on new baseball field scoreboard

FAIRBURY, NE — You can add a new scoreboard to the list of new additions to the baseball landscape in Fairbury.

Earlier this year, Fairbury High School played its first full season of school ball. Before the local American Legion team’s home opener on Wednesday, community leaders cut the ribbon on the new scoreboard.

Legion Board President Tim McAllister says the board made the change partly because of the need to display pitch counts.

“We looked into adding that to our old scoreboard but we thought it was kind of senseless to put good money after bad,” McAllister said.

McAllister says planning and fundraising for the scoreboard was a three-year process. The whole project cost $16,500. Four sponsors paid half the bill and the legion board and school district split the other half.

McAllister says the scoreboard is part of ongoing improvement efforts at the more than 100-year-old Quinn Field.

“We want a top notch facility for the youth of town," McAllister said. "We think it would encourage them to stay committed to baseball so we’ve really tried to improve every year.”

McAllister says upgrading lights and the backstop on the next items the board hopes to tackle.

The four scoreboard sponsors are Heartland Bank, Sherbarth Ace Hardware, Husker Rehab, and Livingston Enterprises Inc.