The Coastal Bend Thunder are almost a month and a half away from opening day in their inaugural season in the United League of Baseball, and the organization is hard at work preparing for opening day.
The baseball field is currently undergoing a renovation, as is the entire Fairgrounds Field in anticipation of the Thunders first home series, beginning June 15.
Assistant General Managers Javier Limon and Ray Hunt, both Robstown natives, have been hard at work since the team announced it was coming to town and said things will be up and running before the season opener June 11.
"We're getting things going and we'll have the field and everything else ready to go when the season starts," said Limon, a native of Robstown who has worked with the Corpus Christi Sharks and the Coastal Bend Aviators.
"We've made renovations to the park, suites and just about everything. The field is almost done and it'll be ready for high school playoffs."
Limon said Calallen and Tuloso-Midway are scheduled to play their District 31-4A regular-season finale Tuesday night, and also said the field is available for other playoff series.
"We've had a lot of calls from schools in San Antonio and the (Rio Grande) Valley that are interested in playing here," Limon said. "We want them to know that the field will be available, if needed."
Limon also noted that Corpus Christi Moody has also expressed interest in playing a playoff game at Fairgrounds Field.
The Thunder are also hosting an open tryout May 15-16 and encourage local players to attend the free tryout.
"We're holding open tryouts and we're looking for pitchers," Limon said. "We're looking for all types of players, but pitching is one of the areas that we are looking at very closely."
Players are asked to bring their own equipment and will also be asked to sign a waiver. The tryouts start Friday, May 15 at 9 a.m. and continue until Saturday, May 16.
Players, if selected, will be notified Saturday.
"This is an excellent opportunity for local players to come out and tryout and see if they can make it to the next level," Hunt said. "They'll have the chance to prove that they play at the next level and we look forward to seeing everyone at the tryouts."