Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Northwestern College, MOC-Floyd Valley Community School District and the city of Orange City have agreed to significant upgrades to the baseball and softball complex at MOC-FV High School, located directly east of the Northwestern College campus.
“Northwestern College is excited to partner with MOC/FV schools and the city of Orange City in this project,” said Northwestern Athletic Director Earl Woudstra. “It will be a great improvement for both our softball and baseball programs, providing a first-class venue for hosting home contests and creating the opportunity to serve as host for GPAC and NAIA post-season competition.”
The project, which will begin following the high school baseball and softball seasons in July, will include a new poured concrete, padded backstop with tension netting system, and separate press boxes with additional storage space at both facilities.
The softball field will also see improvements to infield drainage, new foul line fences, outfield over-seeding, and improved bullpen and practice infield area.
Northwestern head softball coach Chris Nachtigal said, “We very pleased to have the updates to the softball field. The updates will allow us to have one of the better softball complexes in the GPAC. They will provide a great venue for us, helping us feel confident in hosting post-season tournament games. The upgrades will help in recruiting as well, giving parents of our players a chance to watch their daughter play live through webcast. We are pleased that NWC, MOC-FV and the city have given our athletes and the softball program a vote of confidence by providing these upgrades.”
The baseball field will replace the current natural surface with 30,000 square feet of FieldTurf on the infield. A new right-field foul line fence will also be installed and the outfield will be leveled and re-seeded.
Northwestern head baseball coach Brian Wede said, “This is a significant improvement for us. The turf will not only allow us to play more home games, but it will give us the ability to practice on our field more frequently and earlier in the season. The addition of a press box will increase the exposure we can get our players through live webcasted games with both video and audio. The baseball team would like to thank MOC-FV Superintendent Russ Adams, the MOC-FV School board, MOC-FV AD Mark Gunderson, NWC AD Earl Woudstra, the city of Orange City, and the many other individuals who helped make this possible. It is a great day to be a Raider and a baseball/softball player in Orange City!”
The entire spectator area between the two diamonds will have improved landscaping and sidewalks while the restrooms and concessions area will also see repairs.
The MOC/FV practice fields will also be completely reshaped to improve playability and drainage. Improving the football/soccer practice areas will also result in better practice space for baseball and softball.
Woudstra said, “We are grateful for the spirit of cooperation between the agencies that share athletic facilities in Orange City, including Northwestern, MOC/FV, Unity Christian and Orange City Recreation. We believe that collaboration on our joint-use facilities, including De Valois Stadium/Korver Field, the NWC Soccer Complex and the MOC/FV Sports Complex, provide outstanding venues and enhance opportunities for the athletes and fans at the most affordable cost.”