It’s Official: Home Plate Has a New Home

New Baseball/Softball Complex Opens Today Just in Time for 1st Official Baseball Practice


Photographer: Amy Blalock

Mark White, SHISD Board President, cuts the ribbon on the new fields.

The official start date to begin organized baseball practice, according to UIL regulations is today. Superintendent Wayne Guidry, along with board members, city officials, and Longview Chamber of Commerce representatives made this 2020 season “first day” one to remember by officially “cutting the ribbon” to open the new complex.

Community members, parents, students, and players gathered at 4:30 p.m. to recognize the vision of this district’s leadership both past and present. Dr. Guidry reminds listeners that this type of project is not a “one-man show”, but rather a commitment from all the stakeholders.

“This community amazes me,” Guidry said. “There has not been one need that has come forward, not one, that within a couple of days someone has stepped up to make it happen.”

Mark White, board president, spoke to the crowd and thanked them for their support and dedication to the district. Guidry added a special thank you to the Noah family for their time and talent as well as a nod to the construction crew and architects. Athletic Director Jonathan Louvier spoke to the gathered crowd resounding  “It’s a great day to be a Panther!”.

No baseball game would be complete without hot dogs, and Panther Nation cooked up the traditional ball field treat, along with chips and drinks for all in attendance.  Additionally, the 5th-grade choir provided the opening National Anthem along with a sing-along of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Dr. Guidry concluded the festivities with a yell-back cheer encouraging crowd participation and community spirit. “Let’s Go Panthers!”

Catch the Lady Panthers Softball team at home on Tuesday, February 4 and Boys Varsity on Saturday, February 8.