Chief throws out ceremonial first pitch at new Lady Warriors field
Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson threw the ceremonial first pitch Thursday afternoon at the newly-constructed Lady Warriors softball field, after a ribbon was cut officially opening the complex for the first varsity game against the Newton County Lady Cougars.
“I am very pleased to present our Choctaw Central High School Lady Warriors a new home field, one that is comparable and just as impressive as any other complex in the state of Mississippi,” Anderson said. “Congratulations Choctaw Central High School on the opening of your brand-new field.”
Thursday’s festivities included souvenir giveaways and character races featuring staff members of the Department of Chahta Immi dressed as a fox, skunk and dog.
The national anthem was sung by Lady Warrior senior Darien Tubby.
Construction on the new field started in August 2017 with IKBI, Inc., a tribally-owned construction company, as the contractor.
This new facility features a press box with a new sound system, located along the third base line. It includes restrooms, a concession stand and a press area upstairs.
The outfield building houses a locker room for the team and offices for the coaching staff. The dugouts also feature an equipment/storage room for team use. Four new field lights have been installed along with a new grandstand that seats 168 people.
The new field has approximately 1,000 linear feet of fixed fencing. Five-thousand yards of sod were placed along with 34 sprinklers to water the field.
The field has been flipped from its previous configuration so that at any point of the day the sun will not be in either the players’ or pitchers’ eyes.
It is 220 feet from home plate to each outfield foul pole.