NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

April 4, 2014

Governor's Academy to upgrade baseball, softball fields


Newburyport Daily News

---- — BYFIELD — The Governor’s Academy announced yesterday that it will make significant improvements to its baseball and softball fields.

“We are extremely excited about the upgrades to our teams’ fields” said Roberta “Bert” McClain, The Governor’s Academy’s athletic director and director of afternoon programs, in a press release. “The existing baseball field is getting significant enhancements and moving the softball field out of the marsh will provide our girls with a much improved playing field.”

The improvements are the result of a sizable gift from an anonymous donor, the school said, and among the changes will be enhancements to Navins Field’s infield, improved fencing and the addition of dugouts and bullpens. The changes will also allow for separate practice fields for varsity and junior varsity baseball, along with grading and drainage enhancements in the surrounding area.

The softball team, which currently plays on the Lower Fields, will receive a brand-new playing field next to the baseball field that includes a new backstop, fencing and a warm-up batting cage.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late October, with the softball field expected to be ready to use by the 2015 season, and the baseball field by the summertime. Due to the proximity of the fields to nearby wetlands, construction will be carried out in stages and the work will be finished as quickly as the weather permits.

Bill Deptula, the school’s director of advancement, said he’s thankful for the anonymous donor’s generosity and added that the gift demonstrates “the transformative impact that philanthropy can have on our students and our campus.

“The enhancements made possible by the donor will immediately elevate both programs, and ensure a first-class experience for our students for many years to come,” he said. “We are so grateful for this donor’s generosity and vision in making this wonderful gift.”