"Playing under the lights for the first time in program history was undeniably a great start to the future of this program. Recruiting is the biggest part of any program and having lights helps when parents can come watch their kids play. Later games also keep the kids in the classroom to focus on their academics." - Mike Grzanich
Amberlee Nix pitched during the double-header softball game between Hinds CC and Mississippi Delta Community College.
On April 21, 2017, the long-awaited and historic moment arrived as the light switch powering up the first of its kind LED lighting system in Mississippi was put in the "on" position for the first time, illuminating René T. Warren Softball field, allowing the Hinds Lady Eagles softball team to take the field for their inaugural game after sunset.
The high-tech, high-powered LED lamps provide very good quality and evenly distributed illumination for the field, the dugouts and the surrounding spectator area. The system also lights the bullpen and batting cage areas so batting and pitching practice can happen at any time of the night.
This night was a special night for another reason besides the historic one. As the last home game of the season and actually the season finale, sophomores were recognized along with their parents and families for 'Sophomore Day." Sophomore softball players were presented flowers and an 8x10 framing of team and action photos.
Seven sophomores played their final Hinds CC game on Sophomore Day.
A new era begins for the Hinds Community College softball field. Newly installed bright LED lights and a press box, dressing rooms and concession stand to follow in the near future will provide a modern, state-of-the-art facility that would make any college envious. It will allow tournaments, clinics, college and community events to take place where there once was just a cow pasture. And all this has begun in a year when the college is celebrating its Centennial year serving the community.
If you get a chance, come on out to one of the college's 100-year celebration events and go by to see the newest synthetic turf softball fields with its fancy lights. You won't find another one just like it anywhere in the state.