MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets baseball team will have a leg up on their opponents when they play at home this spring with a new first base dugout. The Jackets’ new digs are ready for the 2017 season.
The walls were built by Bebout Masonry and the roof was constructed by parents, Sean Carpenter and Dan Trace.
The first thing Jackets’ fans will notice is that the new dugout is not dug out like the old one. The floor, a concrete slab, is at ground level. The old dugout, like the opponent’s dugout that is currently on the third base side, has steps to walk down.
The old dugout, built around 1984, had needed to be modernized, but that process was hastened after a truck accident damaged the dugout last year.
“The truck hit the dugout and broke the back wall,” Athletic Director Justin Sanford said. “It put a big hole in the wall and cracked a lot of the concrete block.”