The baseball program received a generous donation over the summer and used it to upgrade its facility. Edelen-Haydon Field now has a covered batting facility, replacing the cage that had been there for several years.
"We are blessed to have such a supporter of the college and our baseball program," stated Luther Bramblett. "This gift will impact our players and students in several different ways and we are extremely thankful for the family's generosity."
The covered area is now 70 foot long and 20 foot wide. It has a full length net, turfed area and practice mound. The cage area also has lights, so student-athletes can hit at any time of the day. "Our guys can hit at night, we can throw bullpens at night and could even go live with pitchers vs. hitters, which is something we haven't had since I've been here."
Along with the new covered area, the coaching staff relocated screens used for practice and with the security lights, players can do tee work and soft toss drills. "We had to move our tee/soft toss areas since we increased the size of our cage. It will greatly benefit our guys with this new practice area."
After last year's winter, Coach Bramblett is excited to have this new addition. "We were hammered last winter and it affected our practice time; with this gift, we should be able to still have practice and have the ability to see live arms - which is huge for us. It will also help our softball program as well, they'll be able to use it when we aren't there, so this donation will impact 80 plus student-athletes!"