The Wasilla Warriors’ baseball program has a new place to play, a turf field on campus.
“I’m a huge, huge guy for a grass field.” said Head Coach Ken Ottinger. “I love a grass field for baseball, but it’s so hard to take care of and maintain here in Alaska.”
It’s those realities which necessitated the new spot to play ball. Conditions are difficult enough in a state where the season is short and could be shortened even more if the winter weather lingers. The old field was simply not ideal.
“It was very unsafe.” said Ottinger. “A couple of stumps hidden in the outfield. What we call lip or nose busters on the infield where it would lip up and the ball would shoot up at you.”
Following a five-year journey, the ball club is happy to finally be saying ‘Play ball!’
Athletic director Stacia Rustad says plans for parking are in the works.
“And better seating,” she said. “But that will come in time. We’re just thankful to have what we have.”
With the new digs, the school becomes a centerpiece of activity as Palmer and Colony will also use it.
“It really is an honor to play on.” senior Gavin Hannasch added.