New era for White Falcon baseball


Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register



Stephen Littlepage, administrator of the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation, threw the first pitch at the Wahama baseball game Thursday following a dedication ceremony naming the newly renovated field as the Claflin Stadium. The foundation provided grants in excess of $30,000 to take the field from a little league venue to a regulation high school stadium. Also pictured is Wahama catcher Phillip Hoffman.


Members of the Wahama baseball coaching staff and representatives from the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation posed with the sign designating the newly renovated field in Mason as “Claflin Stadium.” Pictured, from left, are Stephen Littlepage, Claflin Foundation administrator, Ron Bradley, Phil Hoffman, Tom Cullen, Rick Kearns, WHS baseball staff, and Gary Fields, Claflin Foundation board member.


MASON — It was the beginning of a new era for the Wahama White Falcon baseball team Thursday, as they took to the diamond in their newly renovated “Claflin Stadium.”

Coaches, parents and volunteers spent the past year upgrading the former little league field in Mason into a regulation high school venue, complete with a grass infield, new dugouts, and stadium seating for fans. Money for the renovations was provided through grants in excess of $30,000 from the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation.

A dedication ceremony was held Thursday evening with Stephen Littlepage, foundation administrator, throwing the first pitch to begin the contest against Miller High School. The White Falcons went on to win the match-up 10-0 in five innings. Prior to the game, Littlepage and Gary Fields, a foundation board member, posed with Wahama coaches for photos in front of the new stadium sign.

Littlepage said the foundation will continue to support the facility, with future plans of providing funds for additional drainage, lighting and a parking lot.

Littlepage said the new stadium benefits the school’s football program as well, since the two sports formerly shared the same field. With the baseball team having its own stadium, the Wahama football boosters were able to install permanent bleachers in the area that was formerly right field in the spring.

Stephen Littlepage, administrator of the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation, threw the first pitch at the Wahama baseball game Thursday following a dedication ceremony naming the newly renovated field as the Claflin Stadium. The foundation provided grants in excess of $30,000 to take the field from a little league venue to a regulation high school stadium. Also pictured is Wahama catcher Phillip Hoffman.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.2-PPR-Wahama-2.jpgStephen Littlepage, administrator of the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation, threw the first pitch at the Wahama baseball game Thursday following a dedication ceremony naming the newly renovated field as the Claflin Stadium. The foundation provided grants in excess of $30,000 to take the field from a little league venue to a regulation high school stadium. Also pictured is Wahama catcher Phillip Hoffman.

Members of the Wahama baseball coaching staff and representatives from the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation posed with the sign designating the newly renovated field in Mason as “Claflin Stadium.” Pictured, from left, are Stephen Littlepage, Claflin Foundation administrator, Ron Bradley, Phil Hoffman, Tom Cullen, Rick Kearns, WHS baseball staff, and Gary Fields, Claflin Foundation board member.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.2-PPR-Wahama.jpgMembers of the Wahama baseball coaching staff and representatives from the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation posed with the sign designating the newly renovated field in Mason as “Claflin Stadium.” Pictured, from left, are Stephen Littlepage, Claflin Foundation administrator, Ron Bradley, Phil Hoffman, Tom Cullen, Rick Kearns, WHS baseball staff, and Gary Fields, Claflin Foundation board member.

Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.

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