The Lowndes High School softball team won Field of the Year at the Georgia Dugout Club Clinic in January. Head Coach Stewart Thomas is proud of the award and the state recognition it brings to the school.
“A ton of work has gone into keeping our softball facilities first class. I am very proud of this award,” said Thomas.
This past year, the softball team replaced the chain-linked fence in the outfield to a wood-paneled fence. The team, coaches and parents then painted to fence maroon and grey. A new brick backstop was added, plus a net to protect fans during the games. Gravel replaced the dirt warning track and new grass was placed in the outfield.
Many people helped put this field together, from the coaches and players themselves to the parents and maintenance staff. Varsity Coach John Sirmon stayed at the field some nights to work on the outfield fence until 2 a.m.
“Sirmon was a great help with the daily maintenance of making sure the field stayed in tip top shape,” said Thomas.
The softball team also put in countless hours of work this summer during their practices to get to field ready for the regular season.
“We put a lot of work into the field. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I know it will be even better next year,” said Emily Branch, sophomore.
Everyone involved with the softball program is very proud. The coaches, players, booster club and parents all wish to improve the field even more this year to win the impressive award again to bring more recognition to Lowndes High and its softball program.