The Lehman (Bronx, N.Y.)
baseball team is down to its final few outs, so to speak, but at least the Lions will be able to go out with a roar.
The team received a new $17,000 portable pitching mound last Friday, courtesy of the Education Department. It came a day after the same department announced that the school will shutter its doors at the end of the school year.
As reported by the New York Daily News
, it had been a rough stretch for Lehman and the baseball team, in particular. League officials had ruled last month that the Lions would have to play all of its remaining games on the road, because Lehman's previous portable mound did not meet state and national specifications.
Instead, the Education Department had the new mound picked up from a company three hours away and delivered and installed at Lehman last week.
"The timing was a little freaky because of the announcement of the closing of the school," Lehman athletic director Diane Hamilton told the newspaper. "That's the irony of the whole thing: You have a very bad announcement and then we get a little piece of joy (in the pitcher's mound)."
Lehman was able to resume its home schedule Tuesday against Morris. Entering that game the Lions were 9-2 overall and 9-0 in the PSAL Bronx – A West league standings.