Backyard Batting Cage Project Grew Into a League of Its Own

It's not uncommon for parents to support their kids' athletic pursuits with more than a back-of-the-garage basketball hoop, as some go so far as to install swimming pools, backyard skating rinks, pitching mounds, putting greens and even indoor courts. But one Minnesota man put a home-made batting cage in his yard that the whole neighborhood could use -- then bought a house next door so that he could expand the facility.

"I've had a lot of crazy ideas; this one worked out well," Rick DesLauriers told Twin Cities TV station KARE, in its report (see the video below) on how the Minnetonka homeowner started with a few abandoned telephone poles, remodeled his own property, then built next door. DesLauriers has since seen his son, Mike, end up playing college ball, where he set the state record for hits in a high school career and shares a record for hits in a season. But the payoff of DesLauriers' investment and labor didn't stop there. Along with earning spots on tournament teams, the ball-playing of three other neighborhood youths who grew up practicing at the batting cage has earned them athletic scholarships, the TV station says, and a fourth is in the Minnesota Twins minor league system.

"It can't be a coincidence, can it?" said the father of Minnetonka High School's baseball MVP in the KARE report. "It's not all the same genetic pool. We're not related."

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