New scoreboard beams in time for World Series

One of the major items on the wish list of Junior League World Series Director Greg Bzura was filled recently when a new scoreboard was installed at World Series Field in Heritage Park.

Thousands of dollars for the scoreboard were donated by Wal-Mart, Bzura ordered the device and it was installed by Daktronics in time for the World Series, which gets under way Sunday.

Chris Coffman, manager of the Taylor Wal-Mart, said his company got involved after a request from fellow Taylor Rotarian Dave Hamilton, who said the ball field could use a new scoreboard.

Coffman said that due to the expense, he ran the request for the funds through the home office, which gave it the thumbs up.
The new blue and white scoreboard is actually larger than the one originally sought by World Series organizers. Bzura said a Daktronics representative read about the donation in a newspaper article and contacted him, saying the park could get more for the money. Instead of an eight- or nine-foot scoreboard, the series game scores, innings, balls and strikes will be displayed on a 14-foot sign.

Bzura said the new scoreboard has 18-inch letters and is more modern than the old scoreboard in that it uses LED power.

“It’s wireless,” Bzura beamed. “We don’t have to worry about wires rotting in the ground.”

Bzura insisted that Coffman pose with his three daughters and their two friends for the official unveiling of the scoreboard, saying Wal-Mart was a “family friendly organization.”