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Johnson County CC to dedicate new baseball field
 April 1, 2013

0VERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College will officially dedicate its new baseball complex Wednesday, April 17, with a doubleheader against Rockhurst University. Opening ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the introduction of JCCC’s 2013 athletic Hall of Fame members, followed by a ribbon cutting and a ceremonial first pitch. The pitchers will include JCCC President Dr. Terry A. Calaway and trustee members Melody Rayl and Jon Stewart. The first of two seven-inning games will begin at 6 p.m.

At its July 2012 meeting, the JCCC board of trustees approved renovations and improvements to the Cavaliers baseball facility, and construction began in the fall. Improvements include:

• new dugouts
• underground drainage
• new backstop and fencing
• new playing surface
• lighting installation.

The AstroTurf Grass 3D60 infill system has been installed on the entire playing surface, joining the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University as the only Kansas college baseball programs with a full turf field.

The new field replaced the natural grass field that was installed when the JCCC baseball program started in 1973.

This renovation will give JCCC baseball one of the top playing surfaces in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference and provide the team opportunities to practice and compete in all types of weather conditions. JCCC also will be able to host top-notch amateur baseball championships.

“My feet have not touched the ground since the night the board approved the project,” said Kent Shelley, head coach of baseball at JCCC. “What is being built now has been a dream of mine for 28 years. It is something I wanted for our players, alumni and community college. I am so proud of this facility and what it means to JCCC and the baseball community. It is now a state-of-the art classroom.”

A second phase of the project is planned as well. Those improvements include:
• a 1,000-seat stadium with chair-back seats behind home plate
• an enclosed press box
• a clubhouse and coaches’ offices behind the first-base dugouts
• restroom facilities
• a concession stand.

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