The Lady Saints Fast Pitch Softball Team played the first game on their brand new field Monday on the campus of DeKalb Middle School and a one to nothing victory over Mount Juliet added to the excitement.
The ceremonial first pitch was throw by Suzette Barnes, an avid supporter of the program.
Principal Randy Jennings said the development of this softball field has been a long time in the making. "It has been a long time coming for several years since the beginning of the program. We weren't sure we would get to play on it this year with all the wet weather we had early. We just couldn't get in there on the field to do much. But finally in the last couple of weeks with a ton of parents and the coaches, they got out there and it came a long way. Before, the team always had to go across town for practices and games. It'll be nice for them (players) to just walk out the back door from the school building to practice in the afternoons and play their games. Of course its still a work in progress but its nice to see them out there playing. All of this has been done through fundraisers and donations. A lot of people have been gracious enough to support that and I'd like to thank all those people,"he said.
Jennings said the field is still a work in progress. "The field is still not in great playing condition. The outfield is still a little rough but that is something that's going to take a little time. Of course, the outside of the fence area, hopefully in the near future we'll get a press box and some things that will make that part of the field look a little nicer also," he said
The Lady Saints scored one run in the bottom of the fourth inning. with two outs, Kayley Caplinger got a hit single, and then Katie Hall hit an RBI double to score Caplinger. Kayley Caplinger pitched a one hit shutout through five innings. She walked two.