The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 18, 2014

Field of dreams: ‘Cats to dedicate new ballpark Saturday

By Kim West
kwest@athensnews-courier.com

SALEM — The West Limestone High School baseball program officially returned to campus on Tuesday afternoon as the Wildcats took on Wilson in a Class 4A, Area 16 doubleheader at its new ballpark.

The facility, which is on West School House Road and adjacent to the softball field, will be dedicated at noon Saturday prior to the start of a doubleheader against county rivals Ardmore and Elkmont.

West Limestone Principal Charlotte Craig said it has been at least 20 years since the ‘Cats have played on campus. During that span, they have hosted games at nearby Salem Community Park.

Craig and West baseball coach Mike Bishop said former players, alumni and members of the community are invited to take part in the dedication ceremony.

“We want the community to come out even though it’s the Saturday before spring break week,” Craig said.

Bishop, who has shepherded the program for 20 years, said he relishes the opportunity to coach in a pitcher-friendly park.

The field dimensions are 325 feet to right and left field and 375 to deep center. It is 50 feet from the foul lines to the fence and 50 feet from home plate to the backstop.

“We have a 10-foot fence in the outfield so it is a pitcher’s park,” Bishop said.

He said the new facility should be especially meaningful for former players who “went through many seasons on a field we didn’t own.”

Former players are eligible for complimentary passes on Saturday. For more information, contact Bishop at michael.bishop@lcsk12.org or 256-233-6687.