Not an equal playing field?

February 12, 2009 5:53:07 AM PST
We have an update on a fight for a softball field for players from HISD's Lamar High School. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

After a big struggle last year, the girl's team got a field to play on. But now, they say it's not exactly what they expected.

The softball field on which freshman Danielle Allen will play her high school home games says it's not exactly her field of dreams.

"We pulled a whole bunch of weeds up from the outfield and stuff," she said. "So we kind of worked on it a little bit and it's not very good."

Her mom, Shannon Allen, agrees, listing tall grass, a two-and-a-half mile commute, mis-configured bases and a sloping field among her complaints.

"It all kind of slopes down to the home base and the measurements between the bases are all equal distance, as they should be, but they're not squared," she told us. She compared to the boys' baseball field.

"Theirs is really beautifully," said Danielle. "Theirs looks kind of professional."

But HISD's athletic director says it's not discrimination against the girls, saying "The boys' baseball field at Lamar has been enhanced through private Donations, so the fields are not going to be exactly the same. The girls' field is similar to other baseball and softball fields in the district."

The softball booster club did bring in professionals to fix the bases, and according to the booster club's vice president, there is no problem

"As far as the booster club, we're fine with this, as far as the field itself," said Lamar Softball Booster Club Vice President William Lilly.

But Danielle's mom worries her daughter's dream of a softball scholarship may be fouled out by a sub-par field.

"They're not supported by the district equally," she said.

The first game on the field is scheduled for next Monday and the coaches did request that the field gets leveled. But that's not going to happen before that game.

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