Charles City, Iowa – Two press boxes, two sets of metal bleachers and a pair of outfield fences are woven between the laces of history, community and legacy.
What’s been one of Iowa’s staples for high school softball and baseball fields for five decades, recorded its final out Tuesday night as Erik Hoefer captured the moment.
Sportsman’s Park became Charles City’s baseball and softball diamonds after the 1968 tornado ripped through the town.
Fifty-one years later, the Comets will have a new home but not without remembering 51 years of summer ball-bliss.
Athletic Director Todd Forsyth says the community has poured into the park.
State champions, all conference athletes and hall of fame coaches paced the dugouts on both fields. The wins and records are outweighed by bonds created for sons and daughters.
Assistant Principal Larry Wolfe says he’s coached against Charles City and watched his daughter grow up in the Comet program.
Next season begins a new inning for Charles City baseball and softball as they will play on a new multi-million dollar complex.
Wolfe says Sportsman’s history won’t be forgotten, it’s the natural evolution.
The first and last pitches for baseball and softball were both winning outs.
Thanks for the memories, Sportsman’s.