Lady Wildcats open new field
On a beautiful spring afternoon, the Destrehan Lady Wildcats softball team finally got to step onto their new field.
On March 25, Destrehan played their first home game of the year against Dutchtown. Though the Lady Wildcats lost (see page 6B for story), the field made quite an impression on those in attendance.
That included Dutchtown head coach Nancy Ensminger, who said the field was the best in District 6-5A.
"This is the premier field in the district,” Ensminger said. “If I had a wish list at Dutchtown, I would want a field like this one.”
Stephen Robicheaux, Destrehan’s head football coach, was in agreement.
"The U.S. Olympic team could practice on this field,” he said. “This facility is one of the top softball venues in the state."
The field was supposed to be finished earlier, but a contractor could not be agreed upon and the field’s construction was put on hold until the 2009-10 school year.
The old softball field was bulldozed to make way for new tennis courts and St. Charles Parish School Board officials said that the new softball field would be completed before the 2010 season began.
Then came the rain.
In December, 24 inches of rain fell on the area and the scheduled work on the field was pushed back a month.
"We have had to travel every day to practice and played the first round of district play on the road,” Destrehan head softball coach Jacob Thompson said. “Now, we can play the rest of the season at home. It's a great feeling."
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