GLASGOW — Fresh chalk on the lines, beautiful green grass in the outfield and dugouts supported by poles donned in Glasgow Lady Scottie blue — the bells and whistles of the high school's new softball field were on full display Thursday afternoon.
But school officials acknowledged there was just one disappointing fact about the opening of Rigdon-Kiser Field at Bush Stadium. Due to a wet winter, construction of the new softball facility was delayed, and long-time Lady Scottie starters Amanda Lee and Taylor Murphy weren't able to play on the field before their time ran out at Glasgow High School.
With Glasgow Athletics Director Craig Cassady standing alongside the circle, Murphy tossed the first pitch on the new field to her former battery-mate Lee, and the new home of the Lady Scotties' was officially opened.
The new facility was initially approved in March 2018 by a 3-2 vote by the GIS Board of Education. The board approved a revised proposal for the facility by the same count last September.
Cassady said providing a new home for the players is what drove the process.
"They are what this is all about. The team deserves a facility which will enhance the program," he said.
The new stadium shows not only Glasgow players but others that the school system supports its students and wants them to have top-notch facilities, Cassady continued.
Since the softball program's inception in 1986, Glasgow has played at American Legion Park, which is owned by the city.
"The Glasgow Independent School System will always be grateful to the city for the use of American Legion," Cassady said.
He recognized former coaches, players and school personnel who have been instrumental in the Glasgow Lady Scottie softball program.
Glasgow-based Alliance Corporation constructed the facility with design by Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects of Lexington.
The field received its name based on private monetary pledges from Kay and Sue Bush.
"I think this is what's special about being in a small community — being able to help those coming along after us," said GIS board chair Amelia Rigdon-Kiser.
GIS Superintendent Keith Hale said it was a long process from dreaming of having the field, to moving forward with plans, to having the funding approved and ultimately the facility constructed.
But he added it was definitely a worthwhile endeavor when viewing the finished product.
"Our kids deserve these kinds of things," Hale said. "I think it not only does a lot for our kids, but it does a lot for our community."