New Scoreboard Being Installed at Pleasant Valley Baseball Field – Chico Enterprise-Record
CHICO — For the first time in program history, the Pleasant Valley varsity baseball team will have an official scoreboard on its home field at Pleasant Valley High School in 2022.
This is the first time the PV baseball team has had a scoreboard on their field since the Vikings played their home games at Doryland Field in Hooker Oak Park.
The new dashboard, which began rolling out on Thursday, cost the program $50,000, not including installation costs. The money for the dashboard came from fundraising over a two-year process. Fundraising by the Pleasant Valley Sports Boosters program included car raffles, golf tournaments and private donations, Vikings head coach Jon Macalutas said Thursday.
Players, coaches, school staff, player dads and alumni showed up early Thursday morning to help bring the final pieces of the scoreboard from storage sheds behind home plate to behind the fence of the left field where parts of the dashboard were installed. The main part of the scoreboard was put in place, which included an approximately 12-part piece that includes a 10 innings-by-innings electronic scoring system also showing runs, hits, errors, and pitches; how many balls, strikes and outs; and a light piece that indicates whether a ball is a hit or an error. Above it is a patch that says, “Proudly supported by Pleasant Valley Sports Boosters.”
It remains to put up a Pleasant Valley panel on the top and two Viking logos on each side. Once the panel assembly is mounted, the electricity will need to be installed, and then the company the PV baseball program purchased it from will come to Chico and show the program how to operate it. Macalutas said Thursday afternoon he hopes the dashboard installation will be complete by Friday, but could not confirm a completion date at this time.
Local Chico businesses donated their time, labor and materials for the project, including Rock Creek Construction and Double Diamond Steel, among others.
As for when the electronic scoreboard will be put to the test for the first time, Macalutas are hoping to host an alumni match in December. PV did not host an alumni game during Macalutas’ time as head coach as of 2019. The last time PV improved their baseball field was in 2021, when storage units were installed behind his batting cages.