Local school superintendent admits "mistake" when giving boys new ball fields and not girls

AUBURN HILLS, MI (WXYZ) - Teammates on Avondale High School's softball team, Briana Marzolf and Christine Wojtowicz, both 18, were excited about playing the sport they love their senior year because they figured the school's new ball fields and athletic complex would be ready by then. But disappointment set in when the boys' baseball teams got all the perks.

"We were extremely excited. That's why our parents voted yes for the bond," said Christine who learned to play softball as a young child with her dad as the coach.

Brianna, who hopes to play softball in college, told 7 Action News, "It feels like there has been more emphasis placed on the boys, but we're hoping it was a mistake and that we'll get our new field."

The girls point to the new Avondale boys' varsity and junior varsity baseball fields that can be lit for night games and are handicap accessible. The new ball fields for the boys are also right next to the new bathrooms and concession stand.

"They're in the brand new complex. Everything is top of the line, really nice and we're just kind of outdated back here," said Brianna.

Avondale Schools Superintendent Dr. George Heitsch told 7 Action News that they are working to remedy the situation. 

"I think that we made some mistakes in the planning process that we probably wish we hadn't. If we had to do it over we would look at things a little differently. And I think we have the opportunity to make it right and we will," said Dr. Heitsch.

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