State could use lighted, state-of-the-art softball facility

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted June 19, 2012, at 4:12 p.m.

Hadlock Field in Portland is like a miniature Fenway Park.

Mansfield Stadium in Bangor is a beautiful facility in a picturesque setting.

The FieldTurf surfaces at the University of Maine’s Mahaney Diamond in Orono and Husson University’s John Winkin Sports Complex in Bangor ensure that players will be getting true hops and will be able to play in all weather conditions.

What do they all have in common?

They are all baseball fields, although the Winkin Sports Complex is also used for other sports such as football and field hockey.

They can all accommodate thousands of fans and they all have lights.

So my question: Why isn’t there one lighted state-of-the-art softball facility in the state that can holds thousands of fans?

There are plenty of nice softball facilities.

Brewer’s Coffin Field and the softball field at St. Joseph’s College in Windham are where the girls state softball championships are held.

The local administrators and staffs do an exemplary job getting them ready for the state title games and making sure the players, coaches and fans have a memorable experience.

But wouldn’t it be nice if someone with deep pockets came forward and built a facility for state championship games or other noteworthy tournaments that equaled the four baseball stadiums?

That would give young girls of all ages something to aspire to and would give the sport a shot in the arm.

It was a memorable softball season with a lot of noteworthy performances.

The state championship games lived up to expectations with four junior pitchers providing Eastern Maine with a rare sweep.

Cony High of Augusta’s Sonja Morse lost a no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning of her 2-0 win over South Portland. She fanned 10 and walked one.

Old Town’s Kendra Hayward struck out 15 and tossed a four-hitter in her team’s 4-1 win over Fryeburg Academy, Bucksport’s Cassidy Adams fired a two-hitter with six strikeouts in her team’s 2-0 victory over Dirigo of Dixfield in the C final and Penobscot Valley of Howland’s Kayla Dube fanned 14 and four-hit Richmond 4-2 in the D final.

For Old Town and Penobscot Valley, it was their first-ever state softball championships.

Good pitching has always beaten good hitting in baseball and softball and that was evident on Saturday.

Now if they only had a lighted state-of-the-art facility to showcase their talents.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/06/19/sports/state-could-use-lighted-state-of-the-art-softball-facility/ printed on July 24, 2014