Holden High School and Maurepas High School softball and baseball fields will receive lighting fixtures that will allow nightly games to be played on the fields starting in the 2022 season, thanks to a million dollar credit from the Legislature of Louisiana.
Holden and Maurepas are the only high schools in Livingston Parish that do not have lighted softball and baseball fields on their campuses.
“This investment will allow all of our high school campuses to host evening games on their campuses,” said Superintendent Joe Murphy. “It’s a big problem for these schools and their communities. This investment will allow them to do more with their programs, hosting key tournaments and matches. “
House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and State Representative Buddy Mincey Jr. recently visited both campuses to announce the allocation of funds for the projects. Both lawmakers also acknowledged the support and assistance of State Senator Rogers Pope in approving the funding.
“This local legislative delegation is a strong advocate for supporting projects that genuinely strengthen local communities. Funding for the lighting of these fields appeared to be important projects for schools and projects that would greatly benefit communities. We were happy to help, ”said Schexnayder.
Mincey said the price to pay for installing field lights would be around $ 300,000 for each campus. He said he and other lawmakers recognized that further improvements needed to be made, so they allocated additional funds for those efforts.
“It makes sense that when we add lights to these campuses, we also make some improvements that are needed to make these fields fully meet the needs of their teams and the local community,” Mincey said.
“These schools serve small communities that don’t have the tax base that other communities do. But they have developed strong programs that enjoy wide support. We hope this investment will further strengthen these programs and generate even greater interest, ”said Mincey.
Murphy noted that the Holden women’s softball team has been the Class B state champion for four consecutive seasons, including 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021. No women’s softball championship tournaments were held in 2020 in due to the COVID pandemic.