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The high school baseball teams from Austintown Fitch and Columbiana faced off on Thursday, April 12, 2018. This was the home opener for the Falcons, as well as the first game played at the new Richard L. Coppola Field on the Austintown Schools campus. Photos by William D. Lewis and Scott R. Williams - The Vindicator

Austintown Fitch's #14, Nick Belcik, (center) is pummeled by his teammates after hitting a grand-slam against Columbiana at the home opener of the new Richard L. Coppola Field in Austintown on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Photo by Scott Williams - The Vindicator

Austintown Fitch's #14, Nick Belcik, (center) is pummeled by his teammates after hitting a grand-slam against Columbiana at the home opener of the new Richard L. Coppola Field in Austintown on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Photo by Scott Williams - The Vindicator


Wally Ford throws out first ball at new Fitch baseball facility 4-12-18.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Wally Ford throws out first ball at new Fitch baseball facility 4-12-18. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


Austintown Fitch starting pitcher Nick Belcik during 4-12-18 game with Columbiana at Fitch.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Austintown Fitch starting pitcher Nick Belcik during 4-12-18 game with Columbiana at Fitch. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


Austintown Fitch's #21, Mike Grazier, waves home #14, Nick Belcik, after hitting the very first home run at the new Richard L. Coppola Field in Austintown on Thursday, April 12, 2018 against Columbiana.  Belcik would go on to hit a grand-slam over the fence before the end of the game.

Photo by Scott Williams - The Vindicator

Austintown Fitch's #21, Mike Grazier, waves home #14, Nick Belcik, after hitting the very first home run at the new Richard L. Coppola Field in Austintown on Thursday, April 12, 2018 against Columbiana. Belcik would go on to hit a grand-slam over the fence before the end of the game. ...


Austintown Fitch took on Columbiana for the first game at their new field 04-12-2018.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Austintown Fitch took on Columbiana for the first game at their new field 04-12-2018. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


Columbiana's Hunter Znter (27) scores as Fitch's Nick Belcik tries to cover at the plate during 4-12-18 action at Fitch.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Columbiana's Hunter Znter (27) scores as Fitch's Nick Belcik tries to cover at the plate during 4-12-18 action at Fitch. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


Rich Coppola, former Fitch coach, throws out first ball at new Fitch baseball facility 4-12-18.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Rich Coppola, former Fitch coach, throws out first ball at new Fitch baseball facility 4-12-18. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


Fitch's Nick Belcik (14), right, gets congrats after hitting his first homer during 4-12-18 game with Columbiana.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Fitch's Nick Belcik (14), right, gets congrats after hitting his first homer during 4-12-18 game with Columbiana. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


 Columbiana's Zach Fahs (12) catches a fly ball during 4-12-18 game at Fitch.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Columbiana's Zach Fahs (12) catches a fly ball during 4-12-18 game at Fitch. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


Austintown Fitch's pitcher #14, Nick Belcik, winds up for a pitch against Columbiana at the team's home opener of their new Richard L. Coppola Field in Austintown on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Photo by Scott Williams - The Vindicator

Austintown Fitch's pitcher #14, Nick Belcik, winds up for a pitch against Columbiana at the team's home opener of their new Richard L. Coppola Field in Austintown on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Photo by Scott Williams - The Vindicator


Columbiana pitcher Evan Kenneally (23) during 4-12-2018 game at Fitch.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Columbiana pitcher Evan Kenneally (23) during 4-12-2018 game at Fitch. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


Austintown Fitch's Nick Belcik (14), right, gets congrats from NKole Klacic (7) Nick Bianco (17) and Vinny Direnzo (1) after hitting a grand slam during 4-12-18 game with Columbiana.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Austintown Fitch's Nick Belcik (14), right, gets congrats from NKole Klacic (7) Nick Bianco (17) and Vinny Direnzo (1) after hitting a grand slam during 4-12-18 game with Columbiana. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


Rich Coppola, former Fitch coach, throws out first ball at new Fitch baseball facility 4-12-18.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Rich Coppola, former Fitch coach, throws out first ball at new Fitch baseball facility 4-12-18. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


Fitch's Robby Russo (24) and Cole Constance (5) bump chests after Constance score during 4-12-18 game with Columbiana.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Fitch's Robby Russo (24) and Cole Constance (5) bump chests after Constance score during 4-12-18 game with Columbiana. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator


Austintown Fitch's #14, Nick Belcik, is about to be pummeled by his teammates after hitting a grand-slam against Columbiana at the home opener of the new Richard L. Coppola Field in Austintown on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Photo by Scott Williams - The Vindicator

Austintown Fitch's #14, Nick Belcik, is about to be pummeled by his teammates after hitting a grand-slam against Columbiana at the home opener of the new Richard L. Coppola Field in Austintown on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Photo by Scott Williams - The Vindicator


Austintown School and township officials were on hand for ribbon cutting ceremony for new Fitch baseball facility 4-12-18.

William D. Lewis - The Vindicator

Austintown School and township officials were on hand for ribbon cutting ceremony for new Fitch baseball facility 4-12-18. William D. Lewis - The Vindicator