Article by Josh Sandin of Iowa Central Community College
FORT DODGEÂ - After decades as the on-campus home of Iowa Central softball, Triton Fieldâ€™s days are running out. Construction will begin in May to transform it from a softball field to a new state-of-the-art cafeteria, which will open in 2013.
To Triton Field, Iowa Central is calling all former players, coaches and fans to attend a field send-off celebration on Saturday, April 28. The send-off will coincide with Iowa Centralâ€™s ICCAC doubleheader against Kirkwood at 1:00 p.m. Before the opening game, Iowa Central will have former coaches throw out the â€œlast pitch.â€ Between games all former players in attendance will be honored and after the games will be a cookout at the field.
â€œThis has been a great home for us and we hate to lose it. We knew with the growth we are having that we were in a prime location and it would be long before it was redeveloped,â€ said head coach Josh Sandin. â€œWe want as many people to come back and see the field off before it gets torn up. It should be a great day.â€
Since 2006 Iowa Central is 83-19 at Triton Field. Triton Field also hosted the 2009 District F Championship which saw Iowa Central punch its first and only trip to the NJCAA National Tournament.
â€œWe have had a definite home-field advantage since Iâ€™ve been here,â€ said Sandin. â€œItâ€™s one of the nicest fields in the area. Every time someone comes here they comment on the field. Hopefully we still have a few more memories to host on it before they tear it up.â€
The final game at Triton Field will be Monday, April 30, against Ellsworth at 3:00 p.m.