BULLARD — On a perfect day for baseball, the Brook Hill Guard christened their new ballpark with a win.
Before the game, The Brook Hill School dedicated its new facility — The Brook Hill Ballpark’s Herrington Field, a spectacular venue.
The Guard, behind stellar pitching from starter Mason York and three hits from Tanner French, scored a 6-2 victory over Colleyville Covenant in the inaugural contest at their new digs.
Brook Hill athletic director Wally Dawkins said the new turf field, installed by Symmetry, is the Astro Turf ERA & Rhino Turf blend — a top of the line turf product, he said.
Before the grand opening there were free hot dogs, bounce inflatables, animal balloons, food trucks, face tattoos and a raffle drawing for Texas Rangers baseball tickets. Also, the Guard Dog mascot visited.
Rod Fletcher, Head of School, cut the ribbon to open the facility. Former Brook Hill players were introduced and the Brook Cadets sang the national anthem.
Drew Robertson, former Brook Hill and Baylor University pitcher, threw out the first pitch.
Along with the new field, the school has installed padded R Panel Fencing, a 16-foot batter’s eye in center field, new dual mound bullpens in the outfield, 40-foot foul poles and 40-foot vista clear netting behind home plate, redesigned dugouts and a renovated press box.
The facility houses the powerhouse Guard team that has won four state championships (2004, 2011, 2012, 2013) and finished runner-up twice (2010, 2018). Brook Hill has won 12 district titles.
The celebration was topped off by the victory.
The Guard got going with four runs in the first inning.
French had two singles, a double and two RBIs. Cole Fitzgerald added a double and a single with Carson Richards contributing two singles.
Others with hits were Seth Moss, Chad Chesley and Landon Mattox. Chesley and York each knocked in runs. Scoring runs were Richards (2), Moss (1), French (1), Aidan Mason (1) and Boston Durrett (1).
Richards and Gage Franklin had two stolen bases with Mason adding a bag.
York (1-0) tossed five innings of four-hit ball, allowing no runs with two strikeouts and three walks.
Also pitching were Mason (1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 strikeouts, 0 walks), Boone Evans (.2 inning, 2 hits, 2 runs, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks) and Chesley (.1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks).
Noah Boughton and Connor McKay had doubles for the Knights. Warren Rudman and Jaxon Jobe had two hits. Boughton and Rudman scored runs.
Brook Hill (2-0) returns to action Monday, hosting Frisco Legacy. The JV has a 4 p.m. scheduled start with the varsity starting at 6 p.m.