Eyeing up the position for the new scoreboard are, from left, Jon Heatley, Joel Brockman, Howard Hansen and Marty Moldenhauer.
Eyeing up the position for the new scoreboard are, from left, Jon Heatley, Joel Brockman, Howard Hansen and Marty Moldenhauer.

   “This is how we spell ‘Ripon,’” said Joel Brockman, looking at other volunteers near center field at the Barlow Park ball diamond.

   A handful of guys had gathered on a windy Wednesday afternoon last week to replace a scoreboard that for about three decades faithfully told home and visiting high school and American Legion ball players how they were doing.

   The controller died on the board; replacement parts now are unavailable.

   But a generous donor has enabled volunteers to put that scoreboard out to pasture — way beyond center field — to make way for a new one costing a little more than $10,000.

   Jon Heatley of Heatley Electric and Marty Moldenhauer of Alliant Energy contributed their time and bucket trucks to remove the old scoreboard and replace it with another that may last at least another 30 years.

   The process took about three hours, but was made easier by other volunteers: Howard Hansen, Brockman, Dan Heatley and Don Gregor.

   Below the new scoreboard is a sign that reads:

RIPON BASEBALL

Remembering those who serve

      The sign is in memory of the late Sgt. Andrew Wallace, Brockman’s stepson and the son of Janie Brockman, who lost his life in Iraq in 2005.