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Louisburg College Dedicates Enhanced Softball Complex

April 11, 2016

A variety of enhancements over the last two years were cause for celebration Saturday, April 2, as Louisburg College dedicated a renovated softball complex on campus. A short program prior to the Hurricanes’ doubleheader against University of South Carolina-Sumter featured ceremonial first pitches by LC President Mark La Branche and softball alumna Brandy Winstead Frazier, the daughter of Trustee Peggy Winstead and her husband, Thomas.

The upgrades to Sheilah R. Cotten Field and construction of the adjoining Winstead Training Facility give Louisburg College a distinct advantage over other softball programs in the region, says Athletic Director Mike Holloman.

“These new and upgraded facilities immediately impact our softball program, especially in the areas of recruiting and player development,” Holloman says. “Our current players and future recruits realize these first-class facilities provide all they need to improve as players. It’s also been exciting to see the new energy and excitement this complex has brought to everyone associated with our softball team.”

The first phase of improvements came in 2014, with the construction of the Winstead Training Facility. Made possible by a gift from Thomas and Peggy Winstead, the training facility provides the softball team with a fully-equipped locker room as well as a covered warm-up area.

Since the completion of the 2015 softball season, numerous enhancements have been made to Cotten Field, including:

  • New dugouts
  • New dugout benches (built and donated by the father of softball player Logan Pace)
  • New backstop wall, plus new backstop and fence rail padding
  • Upgraded home bullpen, with upgrades to visitor’s bullpen in progress
  • New turf in left field batting cage
  • Reconditioned bleachers for fans

The Cotten Field enhancements were supported by the generosity of donors who shared their resources, time and talent to make them a reality. Major donors to the Cotten Field project included:

  • Adams, an Oldcastle Company (donated blocks and bricks for backstop wall, dugouts and home bullpen)
  • Essroc (donated mortar)
  • Sheilah Cotten
  • Thomas and Peggy Winstead
  • Dawn Robinson
  • Mark and Mona La Branche
President LaBranche Throws the First Pitch