TOLEDO, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mercy Field, the home of the Central Catholic and Lourdes University baseball teams, has been selected as a regional winner in the Eight Fields of the Year competition sponsored by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Mercy Field won in the Upper Mid West Region, placing it in the running for the 2013 Field of the Year Award. The national Field of the Year will be announced during the BCA’s Hall of Fame and Awards dinner on December 6 in Tucson, Arizona.
“The award is proof of something we already knew was great,” said Jeff Mielcarek, Central Catholic’s baseball coach and the originator of the idea for the field. “We are blessed with a fantastic facility. We know what we’ve got, and it’s pretty awesome.”
Mielcarek was quick to point out the facility would not have been built without the involvement and financial guidance of former Central Catholic first baseman Cleves Delp, class of 1982 and member of that year’s Ohio State semi-finalist baseball team. Delp is Chairman and CEO of Maumee’s TDC Companies, a wealth, risk management and employee benefits firm.
“I can’t tell you what a blessing it was when Cleves Delp said he would handle the financing for the field,” Mielcarek said. “It was then I realized this project was going to be successful. His love for the game, for Central Catholic and for this community has made the field successful beyond our wildest dreams.”
Cleves Delp helped to secure land from the Diocese of Toledo and secure support from Mercy health system, a sponsor of the field.
Lourdes University Baseball Head Coach Andy Ham echoed those comments. “Lourdes is fortunate to launch our baseball program on a field of this quality. It’s a blessing for our student athletes and a great opportunity for our program. We’re grateful for the strong partnership with Central Catholic and the incredible support of Cleves Delp to make the field a reality.”
Adjacent to the Msgr. Schmidt Catholic Youth Organization’s fields on Holland-Sylvania Road, Mercy Field opened in the spring of 2012. In the first year, 201 games were played on the all-turf field that features a clay mound and 12-foot outfield fence. The multimillion dollar field is lighted for night games. It has bleacher seating for 440, dugouts, a two-mound bullpen on each side, a 10-inning scoreboard, a press box with radio and TV booth and a viewing suite. The structure also includes a concession stand, locker room, player’s study room, coach’s office and indoor hitting room.
About Central Catholic High School (CCHS)
Central Catholic High School is the largest Catholic high school in the Toledo area. It is a co-educational, college prep secondary school and is operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo. CCHS adopted its current name in 1920. Its campus is just northwest of Downtown Toledo.