Baseball diamond dedicated; Season underway

School President Rev. Brian O’Brien blessed BK’s first-ever artificial turf for baseball on Jan. 20. Donors, alumni, parents, student-athletes and coaches attended the field dedication where artificial turf was installed on about 32,000 square feet of infield.

The baseball diamond project began Nov. 15, 2016 and was completed Jan. 2, 2017. The turf project came in slightly under budget and was 100% funded by donor gifts as tuition income to the school covers only the operational expenses of Bishop Kelley and not special projects.

Athletic Director Lance Parks and Head Baseball Coach Brian Begnel talked about how thankful they are for the turf that will eliminate many missed practices and games due to overnight or even rains that fall just hours prior to use of the field. The drainage system under the field will also save the school on labor and maintenance costs.

BK thanks its generous benefactors for their support and for bringing this project to fruition.

"The kids are more excited to play here," Begnel said. "The field was nice when we had it, but when it rained, it soaked the field, sometimes for three days. Now, when it rains hard, the amount of time the field takes to drain is less than one hour."

The biggest challenge in 2017 will be pitching. "If we can find some kids who can get on the mound and throw, we will be good," he said.