On Tuesday morning, several members of the community came out for the dedication of LINN Energy Field, home of the Frank Phillips College Softball team.
In the spring of 2011, LINN Energy made a $106,000 donation to the Frank Phillips College Softball program to help in the renovations on the lower softball field in the Johnson Park area that included improving the bleachers and dugouts, and adding a restroom and concession stand building.
Over the past year, the college, LINN Energy, and the City of Borger have worked hard to make LINN Energy Field a facility the community and college can be proud of.
During the dedication, Frank Phillips College Head Softball Coach Lucas Grider talked about the pride having the good field has brought to the softball program, saying, â€śI can say Frank Phillips now has one of the best softball facilities in our conference and that will help tremendously in building the softball program and attracting recruits. I am very thankful for the support and work done by the college, the City of Borger, and LINN Energy for making this project possible.â€ť
The idea for the softball project can be credited to a conversation between then FPC Head Softball Coach Jenneffer Kohler and Borger EDC CEO Dan Redd, who expressed the desire for the softball program to have a good facility for practice and its home games.
In knowing LINN Energyâ€™s desire to get involved in the community, Redd worked with Kohler to make contact with the energy company and lay out what the softball programâ€™s needs were. It didnâ€™t take the company long to want to get involved in backing the softball project.
On Tuesday, Tom Emmons, LINN Energy V.P. of Human Relations, told the dedication crowd, â€śLINN Energy is a community minded business and looks for opportunities, like this one, to get involved. We are very pleased to be a part of this project.â€ť Emmons added, â€śOur commitment to Borger begins with the 70 employees we have who live here and who are willing to use their own time to help out in the community and that is what will allow LINN Energy to make a positive difference in Borger.â€ť
Perhaps it is a stretch to tie success on the field to having an improved home field, but this season the Lady Plainsmen softball team has broken a school record for wins with 12, as of Tuesday, which included four conference wins, which a first for the program.
On Friday evening, the Lady Plainsmen will play their first games under the lights at LINN Energy Field by hosting Odessa College in a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 p.m.