Lake Isabella softball players want county to go to bat for their field

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Linda Kissack ballpark is seen Thursday, June 13,2013, in Lake Isabella, Calif. Softball players at the field say the county has dropped the ball on field maintenance.

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Some Lake Isabella residents who play in an adult softball league are upset because they say the Linda Kissack ballpark where they play has been in disrepair for several years. 

The county-owned field hasn’t received the maintenance needed to keep up the safety standards, according to players. They’ve had to spend money out of their own pockets for things such as bringing in clay to fill holes in the diamond and replacing boards on the backstop. All of the labor was also done by volunteers. 

The league paid about $1,960 in fees to the county this year, which, according to Kern County Parks Superintendent Jim Braudrick, should go toward things like irrigation and field maintenance, and other repairs.

The league says they have contacted the parks department to get some help with the repairs, but they feel like they aren’t getting anywhere.

“When we see something broken, every time I call them they say, ‘Well, we don’t have the manpower, we don’t have the funds’”, says Debbie Loseth, who is a league board member and past president. 

“They have to be reasonable, because there is limited resources,” the parks superintendent says. "If ours folks out in the field are perhaps not following up on things that citizens are asking about, they can feel free to call or write a letter with concerns, and we will most definitely follow up.”