WDBJ7 Web Staff
1:57 PM EDT, March 27, 2012
The Patrick Henry High School baseball team showed off its new digs Friday, hosting Salem in the first game played on their brand new baseball field.
On a beautiful day for baseball, the team showed off a pristine new playing surface.
Senator John Edwards was on hand to throw out the first pitch. He's the son of Richard Edwards for whom the field is named.
The dugouts and the scoreboard are the only things to survive the renovations, which involved an entirely new field as well as upgraged irrigation and drainage systems.
“We're really excited about the opportunity to get to play on the field. We've been waiting a while for it. four years here. we're really excited about finally getting the chance to play on the field," said Locher Grove, the Patriots' shortstop.
"If you have a bad field to go on, you get frustrated with yourself because the ball takes bad hops and you don't get to make plays, but if you have a nice field, where it's efficient and you can get things done on it, it does a whole lot for our morale as a team," said Andrew Stockstill, a pitcher for Patrick Henry.
"I like to say we've waited patiently to get it done. We're ecstatic we've got a new facility to play on,"
said Aaron Haigler, Patrick Henry's head coach.
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