If Hinds builds it, the Lady Eagles will come. A new era is being ushered in this year in Raymond, Miss. - at least for the Hinds Community College softball program. Construction was begun last spring on a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility that will soon become the new home of the Lady Eagles' softball team.
This new field promises to rival the best anywhere with features such as: high-quality synthetic turf infield; total field drainage to permit play in all but the most dangerous weather conditions; spacious, brightly-lit brick dugouts with oak benches, raised helmet cubbies and heated restrooms; home-side batting cage and synthetic turf bullpens adjacent to the dugouts; and in-ground electricity to accommodate a pitching machine at the mound to name a few for the first phase of construction. Later, a press box, field lights, bleachers and a large concession stand will be added to further upgrade the field.
This beautiful field would make any softball player proud to play at Hinds.
Below are some photos taken as the construction progressed, from start to current stage of completion.
Site for the new softball field just before clearing and construction began. As viewed from the future outfield looking toward home plate.
Ground had been broken and surface grading had begun. As viewed from outfield area toward home plate.
A view near completion of the synthetic turf infield.
The visitor's dugout, viewed from the pitcher's mound.
The home team dugout with bullpen and batting cage to to the right, just past the restroom.
Inside the visitor's dugout.
Wide-angle view from behind home plate.
Batting cage being finished.
A view from the pitcher's mound toward home plate and Renfroe Stadium in the background.
The new softball field as of Jan. 13, 2016.
Rolls of sod to be laid out around the perimeter of the field and facility.
A view from the hill outside the first base foul pole. Dirt area will get sodded.
The architect's rendering of the various phases of completion. Elements that look 'ghosted' will come after the first construction phase.