Goshen High School breaks ground on new softball-baseball complex

NOW: Goshen High School breaks ground on new softball-baseball complex

GOSHEN, Ind. -- Goshen High School Athletics has officially broke ground on a new $14 million softball-baseball complex.

The baseball team has spent more than 60 years at Phend Field, across the street from the high school, while the softball team played their games at Shanklin Park, more than a mile away from campus. 

The softball fields at Shanklin Park were more than a mile away from campus and prone to flooding, even to the point that in 2019, home games had to be moved to nearby Goshen College. 

Meanwhile, Phend Field was described as one of the worst baseball fields in Northern Indiana by Goshen Superintendent, Jim DuBois. 

DuBois noted that the new facility will include individual turf fields for both teams, which will help games start on time when spring weather brings rain to the area. 

Former Goshen softball player, Trinity Nemeth, says the conditions at Shanklin Park were always unpredictable, and is happy to see the next generation of softball players able to play on steady turf. 

Head Baseball Coach, JJ DuBois, is excited about the new lighting at the facility, which will allow for the team to play night games in the upcoming season.

The facility will be complete in time for the first pitch of the 2025 season.

DuBois confirmed that Goshen will be hosting baseball and softball sectionals in their new facility in its opening season.

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