The MSJC softball team celebrated the opening of their new on campus field on Wednesday with a "First Pitch"
ceremony that included a number of MSJC dignitaries and a dominating win by the team over visiting Barstow College.
Dean of Physical Education and Athletics Patrick Springer was joined by MSJC Board Trustees; Bill Zimmerman, Ann Motte, and Tom Ashley as well as MSJC Vice Presidents Dr. Bill Vincent and Dr. Pat Schwerdtfeger on
the field for a pre-game dedication. Springer praised all the hard work over the past few years of everybody involved in the project including MSJC Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz and the entire Maintenance Department. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by MSJC Head Softball Coach Gina Oliver. Speaking about their new home Oliver said, "We have been able to practice on our new field for the last six months and the whole sense of MSJC Eagle pride, tradition, and camaraderie has developed strongly over that time."
As for the game itself, the Lady Eagles did not let the large home crowd down as they scored 11 runs in the first inning on their way to a 19-3 win over Barstow. Nine different players had RBIs for MSJC led by Jena Chilson who had 3. Alasia Tana-Torres scored four times and the team collected 17 hits. Chilson and Sierra Falcon shared duties pitching in the victory.
The next chance to see the Lady Eagles on their new home field is Saturday when they host San Bernardino Valley in a doubleheader. The first game Saturday is set to begin at 1 pm.
MSJC Dean of Physical Education and Athletics Patrick Springer addresses the crowd on Wednesday as the MSJC softball team opened their new on campus field at the Menifee Campus. He is joined from left to right by Vice President of Student Services Dr. Bill Vincent, Trustee Bill Zimmerman, Trustee Ann Motte, Trustee Tom Ashley, and Vice President of Instruction Dr. Pat Schwerdtfeger. The MSJC and Barstow softball teams line-up for the National Anthem, before the Lady Eagles opened their new field with a 19-3 victory. (Photos by DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)