The VWU baseball team recently got a new upgrade to Kenneth R. Perry Field at TowneBank Park which consists of an outfield windscreen. I caught up with assistant baseball coach Kyle Dubois about the team’s new windscreen. Dubois said, “For the past 3-4 years we’ve been constantly upgrading the field with over $100,000 worth of renovations in those years.” “In the past few years, we received our new scoreboard with help from donations from amazing alumni support and we wanted to add a new windscreen to go with it as did the alumni support that were helping to support our program”.
The windscreen is a multipurpose tool that improves the game experience for both players and spectators. Dubois said, “The windscreen helps the players see the ball better coming from different vantage points on the field. The batter’s eye is most beneficial for seeing the ball from a hitters point of view coming out of the pitcher’s hand”
He also admitted that the wind screen is also for looks as well. “I will admit, it gives that “feel” and “look” of a collegiate baseball field”. “We thought it would enhance the look of the facility and it helps with the recruiting as well”.
Dubois explained the cost of the windscreen was roughly $20,000. “It was paid for by our amazing alumni support like Tim Bailey, Evan Spivey, Kevin Flanagan, Brandon Elliott, Mike Weatherly,”
The colors and logos on the windscreen were designed to be in sequence with the entire TowneBank Park. The baseball team’s new windscreen is similar to the softball team’s and was designed by previous Athletic Director, Tina Hill. Dubois said he wanted to thank Branding & Design Manager Christine Hall, Chief Marketing Officer Stephanie Smaglo and special thanks to President Dr. Scott Miller.