Damage To JHS Softball Complex Prompts Quick Action By School; City (PHOTOS)


Jasper (NNDC) – As the storm assessment from Saturday night’s severe thunderstorms continues, Jasper High School officials discovered Sunday morning heavy damage was done to both backstops at the Lady Wildcats Softball Complex just north of 15th Street.

The third base side backstop of the varsity field was totally blown to the ground, while the backstop to the junior varsity field was bent backwards from the storm’s high winds that included gusts of 65 miles an hour.

The backstops are separated by only about 20 yards.

JHS Athletic Director Andy Noblitt says the damage has made playing at the fields impossible for the time being for the JHS teams.  He says the teams will both practice and play their home games at the Jasper City Womens Softball Field Complex on 12th Avenue.

Noblitt says, “My thanks to the city softball league for graciously accepting my calls Sunday and working with us to take care of our high school teams as the repairs to the backstops is being done.”

The city’s womens softball complex has five diamonds.  In fact, the JHS softball teams played their home games at the city complex until the JHS fields were completed in 2003.

Noblitt says there is no timetable yet on getting the damaged sections of the backstops replaced.  He says he and other school administrators will be meeting with the Greater Jasper School Corporation’s insurance carrier today (Monday).

Noblitt says the chain-link fence backstops must have taken a direct hit from what appear to be straight line winds from the storm.

He says, “What’s amazing is the trash cans at the softball fields were still standing upright after the storm, but the ones over at the tennis complex (across a parking lot) were blown over!”

The softball and tennis facilities are to the east of the high school.  No other damage was reported on the JHS school campus.

This is a busy week for the Lady Wildcats, but their next five games are on the road including at Vincennes Lincoln (Tuesday), Evansville Central (Wednesday), South Spencer (Friday), Wood Memorial (Saturday) and Floyd Central (Monday May 16th).

Their next scheduled home game is Tuesday, May 17th, when Jasper hosts Pike Central for Senior Night.


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