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Batter Up! at New Ball Diamond

A boys baseball organization and a Coal Valley softball team will soon play on a new diamond. On Saturday, the Quad City Warriors will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Arrowhead Ranch, where volunteers and donors helped refurbish a 40-year-old baseball field.

Moline Police Sergeant, David Taylor, came up with the idea a few years ago. He and other officers wanted to find a place for their own kids to play. Taylor asked officials at Arrowhead about their ball diamond, which was built in the 1970's. They agreed as long as the Warriors did all the work and raised the money to fix it up.

River Stone Group donated materials to build the dugouts, and Arrowhead students built the benches in their woodworking shop.

Arrowhead has a softball team, and Taylor says it'll use the new field, too.

The ball diamond is named after Nathan Linn, a Moline teenager who died a few years ago. And when Taylor approached his parents about the project, they loved the idea.

He graduated from Moline High School and was big into sports. His parents donated money to the project and have been just great.

One of the dugouts has been named to honor the late Andrew Lamp, Taylor's brother-in-law. And the other dugout is named after the family who originally built the ball diamond on the ranch in Coal Valley.

The ribbon cutting for Nathan Linn Field at Arrowhead Ranch will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. It will include unveiling a new sign and a balloon release in memory of Nathan Linn.

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