Fitch opens new baseball field with a big win
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Fitch's new baseball complex broke ground in November 2017. Fitch played their first game at the new field on April 12. SCG Fields and their partners Act Global created the field.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.The namesake of Fitch's new baseball field is Richard Coppola, a former head coach from 1968-1996. He helped start the school's baseball program. His former player, Joe Paris, currently coaches the team. Pictured, Coppola threw out the first pitch in the first game played in the new baseball complex.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Representatives from the Austintown Fitch High School, school board and baseball team cut the ribbon on Richard L. Coppola Field. Pictured are, from left, Fitch Principal Christopher Berni, Trustee Jim Davis, Board President Don Sherwood, Board Vice President Robin Krempasky, board member Harold Porter, Director of Facilities Richard Zimmermann, Athletic Director Lewis VanHoose, former coaches Rich Coppola and Wally Ford, current coach Joe Paris, Treasurer A.J. Ginnetti and Superintendent Vincent Colaluca.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Wally Ford, a former Fitch baseball coach from the years 1999-2016 and former player under coach Richard Coppola, praised both Coppola and the new baseball complex. Pictured, Ford threw a heater before the first game at the new baseball field.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Fitch baseball coach Joe Paris said the team is still adjusting to the new field. The school is the only program in the region with a turf field. They only practiced on the new surface for an hour and half prior to their game against Columbiana, which they won 16-4.
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