The home team

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South Oldham baseball program now has a field to call home

By John Foster

CRESTWOOD – They are homeless no more.

After what seemed to be an endless string of away games with no end in sight last season, the South Oldham High School baseball team now has a field to call their own. The Dragons opened the year and christened the new Bill Cofer Field in fine fashion last week with a 7-2 win over cross county rival North Oldham. “I told the guys before the game we finally have a home and we need to go out play like it and play to honor Coach Cofer,” SOHS coach Mike Herakovic said. “Knowing they are not going to have to stay in the gym or a parking lot or a field in a park somewhere that is too small to do anything real on makes such a difference. The change and improvement in attitude and outlook this year is all the difference in the world. Everything is so positive because we have this new facility.” For the players who struggled through an 8-21 record last season, all on the road, that ended with a first round district loss to NOHS, last year is gone and forgotten. “Now that we have played a game last year is done and over,” senior Daniel Pulliam said. “We are ready to go out and play like we can.” Pulliam had a big part in the win over the Mustangs. He threw a complete game victory recording nine strikeouts against seven hits and two walks. At the plate he had a single, a walk and reached on an error. The new field, named in honor of former coach Bill Cofer who spent 16 seasons as the SOHS coach, is part of a sports complex that includes a softball field and five new tennis courts. While the construction was a two-year process, there was last minute work handled by SOHS coaches Dave Watkins and Tyler Mueller. “It’s still needs some fine tuning, but I thought it played well just judged on the way the ball played after it was hit,” Watkins said. “It didn’t look like there were a lot of bad hops anywhere.” The players were pleased with the facility. “Seriously, look at it, it’s really nice,” senior outfielder Alex Sharrard said. “I know coach Watkins and coach Mueller were out here at like 8:30 this morning getting things ready. The field played great Everybody says this is the equal of anything in the region.” The players acknowledged having the field is a big boost. “Playing all those road games last year and not having a place to practice, it’s more mentally exhausting than anything,” Sharrard said. “Just knowing we have this behind the school that we can come to makes all the difference in the world.” For Pulliam, there is a loss he won’t miss. “I know I never want to ride a bus again,” Pulliam said. “We have some away games this year, but it won’t be anything like last year.”   E-mail us about this story at: sports@oldhamera.com