Grant supports construction of batting cages at Centralia College


The Centralia College Foundation has received a $35,000 grant from the Ben B. Cheney Foundation to support construction of batting cages at Bob Peters Field at Centralia College.

The Centralia College Foundation applied for the grant over the summer and was notified of its award in October, according to a Centralia College news release.

“This Cheney Foundation grant has pushed this project forward significantly,” said Centralia College Foundation Executive Director Christine Fossett. “We anticipate building the batting cages over the winter so they are available to our Blazer baseball and softball teams when they start practicing in February.”

Fundraising for the field is ongoing, as additional funds are needed for the bleachers, press booth, and other amenities, according to a news release. 

Donations can be directed to the Centralia College Foundation through its website at For more information, call 360-623-8942 or email

The Ben B. Cheney Foundation was established in 1955 and supports community projects in specific areas of Washington, Oregon and California.

Cheney, who founded Cheney Lumber Company, was a lifelong sports fan who helped bring a Pacific Coast League team to Tacoma and contributed to the construction of Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.