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New irrigation and drainage systems coming to Motlow College softball, baseball fields

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm

A new irrigation system is among the many improvements being made to the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow College’s Moore County campus. (Motlow College photo)

A new irrigation system is among the many improvements being made to the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow College’s Moore County campus. (Motlow College photo)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — With spring weather becoming increasingly unpredictable and more games every year seemingly being postponed or relocated due to poor field conditions, Motlow College is undergoing significant improvements to its baseball and softball fields in preparation for the 2016 season.

“We are excited to be getting upgrades to both our baseball and softball facilities,” said Tori Raby-Gentry, athletic director at Motlow and head softball coach. “Work on the fields began the final week of June and should be completed by early fall. The upgrades should visually enhance both fields and also allow the softball program more home games.”

Included in the scope of work for both facilities is the installation of new irrigation and drainage systems, new outfield fencing, new fencing from dugouts to the outfield, new foul poles, and improvements to dugouts.

The baseball program began at Motlow in 1970 and played its first two seasons at Tullahoma’s Municipal Stadium, now known as Grider Stadium, before moving into its new facility in 1972. The press box and concession area was built in 1992 and the facility was renamed the Driver Baseball Complex in honor of Judy and Eugene Driver of Manchester, who were major financial supporters of the project.

The softball program was created in the summer of 1993 and began playing on its home field during its first season in 1994. The press box and concession stand were included in the original construction, and new bleachers were installed two years ago.

—Motlow College Sports Information

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