Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00
After 10 months of hard work, fund-raisers, email blasts, phone calls, and of course the help of the community, family and friends of Rocky Pacent, Rocky’s Field, located at Manhasset High School, is undergoing its finishing touches.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, April 25 at 1:15 p.m. sharp, rain or shine. The existing field has undergone a complete transformation. Gone are the days of an underwater home plate, first and third base area, and outfield.
The Varsity softball team, and all PAL softball teams will now call home to a synthetic infield with covered player bench areas, new team benches, dugout storage, a protected on-deck circle, home electronic scoreboard, outfield fence, and spectator bleachers for both the home team and the visiting teams. The field has a new backstop and safety fencing, new irrigation system for the expanded natural grass area, concrete walkways, windscreens and a new drainage around the entire turf area.
For the days where the temperatures are a little warm, but still within the guidelines of the high school heat index, hose bibs have been provided on either side of the field. As part of the finishing touches, the field will also have a new batting cage.
As part of the festivities, and thanks to the very generous donation of a Manhasset softball family, Olympic gold and silver medalist pitcher Jennie Finch will be in Manhasset to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Jennie will also be conducting a pitching, fielding and hitting clinic for all of the Manhasset girls softball players, from second grade through high school. PAL team and individual pictures have also been scheduled for that day, so please keep the date open on your calendars. Details will follow to all registered PAL softball players through their coaches and the Manhasset Baseball League. Please note that only registered PAL softball players will be able to participate in the clinics, along with players on the middle school and high school softball teams. Players must be in full uniform to participate in clinics.
Jennie Finch was Silver Medalist at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, 2007 Gold medalist at Pan American Games and World Cup Champion, 2006 Gold medalist at ISF World Championships, 2005 Silver Medalist at the Japan Cup and World Cup, Gold Medalist at 2004 Olympic Games, plus countless other awards. Jennie had her uniform number (#27) retired at the University of Arizona on May 9, 2003. During her college career she finished her 2001 season with a 32-0 pitching record and earned the Honda Softball Award as National Player of the Year. During her four-year career at the University of Arizona, Jennie had a career 1.07 earned run average and holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins, with 60. In one season alone, she batted .309 and hit 11 home runs, 3 of which were Grand Slams.
During the day, donations of used softball and baseball gloves will be accepted for donation to the EOC. Also, please stop by the “Buy a Brick” table to order a personalized brick for installation behind the backstop.