SHAWNEE — Chance Griffin watched as freshman pitcher Haley Hacker wound up and fired a fastball into the strike zone.
The pitch was met from cheers and applause from the nearly 100 fans in attendance on Friday night. Even though it was only a scrimmage, the pitch was a groundbreaking moment for the brand new North Rock Creek High School softball program.
It was the first competitive pitch thrown on its home field in school history.
“This field has been kind of vacant for two years because it’s just been K-through-8,” said Griffin, the first-year coach. “When I took over, it was all grass pretty much. We had to cut a new infield out.”
Putting the field together has not been the only hurdle Griffin has faced this year. It’s a difficult task for a coach to start a program in any scenario. But Griffin, who accepted the position in January, is launching a program in a time that truly has no precedence.