Southworth Field dedicated

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Southworth Field at the Manila Park was dedicated on Tuesday night. Pictured with the Manila Aftershock 5's team are: Back -- Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner; Coach and City Councilman Jason Baltimore; player Jake Baltimore; Coaches Shane Birmingham and Heath Donner; Council member Donnie Wagner; Shelly Barlow, representing Southworth and throwing out the first pitch; Councilmen Larry "Whiz" Davis and Linda Donovan. Middle -- Players Gavin Shelton, Braxton Green, Jaedon Frye, Hadley Cohn, Ashton McGill, Wesley Stull, Bottom Row - Zeke Donner, Carson Baltimore, Caden Roddy, Mikey Parsley, Kaleb Johnson.

The new ball field, Southworth Field, at the Manila Park was dedicated Tuesday, May 28. Shelly Barley, human resource manager at Southworth, threw out the first pitch.

Also visiting the field earlier in the day were Kerry Pugh, plant manager, and Jim Pry, vice president of operations.

City Council members Larry "Whiz" Davis, Jason Baltimore, Linda Donovan and Donnie Wagner, along with Mayor Wayne Wagner, were present for the dedication ceremony.

"It brings me great honor tonight to thank Southworth Corp. for their contributions to bring this field where it is today," Darrell Birmingham, park grounds coordinator, said. "Seven months ago we stated with just a lot of dirt. We now have a field with a scoreboard, lights, and the best fence this side of Jonesboro."

The new field gives Manila a total of four lighted fields to accommodate the growing number of teams. Manila has 21 teams participating in the spring/summer sports season.

"Southworth and their employees have done many other community focused projects, including scoreboards 27 years ago when the park went from one field to two," Birmingham said. "They also built several benches and tables, including the four presently used at the concession area. Manila is fortunate to have such a caring, compassionate facility in our hometown."

Eddie May, park coordinator, said the new field is a blessing to the Manila program.

Mayor Wagner expressed his appreciation to Southworth for their community support.

"Anything we can do for our youth and our senior citizens makes Manila a better place to live," Mayor Wagner said.

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