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BobZag
04-19-2007, 04:03 PM
Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field - the new home of Gonzaga University baseball - will be officially dedicated Friday when the Bulldogs host Saint Mary's College in a West Coast Conference game.

Pre-game ceremonies begin at 5:45 p.m. with the first pitch at 6 p.m. The first night game was held this past Tuesday against Washington State University.

"This is an exciting day for Bulldog baseball, Gonzaga University and the Spokane community," athletic director Mike Roth said. "It's a day we've looked forward to with great anticipation for several months."

The complex is named for the family of Michael Patterson, a 1969 Gonzaga alumnus, chair of Gonzaga's Board of Trustees and a major contributor to the project. The field is named for Washington Trust Bank, a major supporter of the project. ALSC Architects designed the complex, and Garco Construction was the project contractor.

"It is impossible to say thank you to everyone who helped make this dream a reality," Roth said. "Obviously, Mike Patterson and his family, and Pete Stanton and Washington Trust Bank were the two entities that became involved from the beginning to allow us to carry forward our dream of giving Bulldog baseball a state-of-the-art facility."

Head coach Mark Machtolf, his staff and players have also eagerly awaited this day.

"After being away from campus for more than three years, I can't explain the anxiety and enthusiasm that went through our program last June when we broke ground on Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field," Machtolf said. "As each day went by and we saw our new home take shape, that anxiety and enthusiasm grew even greater. We have one of the top baseball facilities in the country, and, because of the efforts of many people, this facility will only help Bulldog baseball continue its rich tradition."

Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field replaces August/ART Stadium and Pecarovich Field, former site of Bulldog baseball where the McCarthey Athletic Center - home to Bulldog basketball - now sits. The Bulldogs played the last half of the 2003 season at Spokane Falls Community College and the last three seasons at Avista Stadium, home of the Northwest League's Spokane Indians.

Friday's pre-game ceremonies will be emceed by Steve Hertz, former baseball coach and current Director of Athletic Relations. Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Gonzaga president, and Mike Patterson will also address the crowd.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Mike and Emma Patterson, followed by pitches from Stanton, Chairman and CEO of Washington Trust Bank; Jack Heath, President and COO of Washington Trust Bank; John Gilchrist Jr., Vice President of Deaconess and Valley Medical Center Foundation representing Empire Health Services, and Phil Haugen, Assistant General Manager of Northern Quest Casino.

Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Quick Facts

Top soil........................... 6000 cubic yards

Infield mix....................... 270 cubic yards

Warning track material 480 cubic yards

Irrigation pipe................ 8000 linear feet

Grass seed..................... 385 pounds

Concrete......................... 400+ cubic yards

Pre-cast........................... 120 pieces

Structural steel.............. 100 tons

Block................................ 15,925

Brick................................. 13,600

Conduit........................... 41,000 feet or 7.76 miles

Wire.................................. 121,000 feet or 22.91 miles

Sports light watts......... 231,000

Permanent Seats.......... 1,300 chair back seats

Psychozag
04-19-2007, 04:47 PM
I was there on Tuesday and it was absolutely beautiful (too bad the team couldn't have come away with a win to inaugurate the field). Few, Bouldin and Foster were there for awhile as well. I couldn't help but think that they were there to see the field their success helped build.

thickman1
04-19-2007, 05:31 PM
I bet Bouldin was a bad ass baseball player - just looks like a player.

sittingon50
04-19-2007, 06:09 PM
Matt apparently was quite a successful HS Pitcher with a good fastball.

zagscardsfan4
04-19-2007, 06:17 PM
while messing around during the intramural home run contest Bouldin hit a soft ball to the cog (our cafeteria), which is about 280-300 ft from home plate. Remember this is with a softball and a bat thats had a lot of use during intramurals. Heytvelt actually won the homerun derby, with Pargo doin pretty well also. I unfortunatly failed to score during the homerun contest... maybe next year

Rangerzag
04-19-2007, 08:20 PM
while messing around during the intramural home run contest Bouldin hit a soft ball to the cog (our cafeteria), which is about 280-300 ft from home plate.

Back in the day.........in fast pitch softball games a good poke involved a softball landing on top of the COG. Al Hendricks a one time Zag bballer was one who did so on several if not many occasions.

Edited to ask:
Does the new field have designated Snake Pit seating? :)

cougs4ever
04-19-2007, 10:37 PM
Edited to ask:
Does the new field have designated Snake Pit seating? :)

What is Snake Pit seating?

I think the answer is no. All the seats at Tuesday's game were general admission. Didn't see any special sections for students. Or snakes.

But the field is beautiful!! Congrats Zags, it's cozy and big-time, all at once. Just like K2.

TheZagPhish
04-19-2007, 10:42 PM
...the field is beautiful!! Congrats Zags, it's cozy and big-time, all at once. Just like K2.

Yep, it's nice!

I just met Steve Hertz a couple of weeks ago on San Juan Island; very nice fellow who was awfully (and justly) proud of this milestone. Sure is cool to see.

Rangerzag
04-20-2007, 03:08 PM
[quote=cougs4ever;21857]What is Snake Pit seating?

I think the answer is no. All the seats at Tuesday's game were general admission. Didn't see any special sections for students. Or snakes./quote]

Once there was an informal group of Zag students that faithfully attended and cheered for the Zags and relentlessly harassed the opposing teams in a manner that would make all rabid Kennel Klub members proud. It was known as the snake pit.

gamagin
04-21-2007, 07:58 AM
And all went well. GU bats were ringing, too, so the dedication was capped with an easy victory over St. Mary's.

Before the dedication at the mound, a bust of steve hertz was unveiled (behind the grandstand) and dedicated. The uniformed players, inivited former players all the way back to Tom Mulcahy, the Hertz family and close friends gathered round to pay him tribute. It was nice.

Mike Patterson, whose moniker goes on the stadium, introduced his dad and told a story about how his father once shook babe ruth's hand at the old gonzaga high school field nearby many decades ago.

Fr. Spitzer gave a nice talk, blessed the field and then Patterson and some other deep pockets threw the ceremonial first pitch. Mike's toss, for posterity, was a one hopper to the catcher, who gave him the scuffed souvenir.

I believe the stadium holds 1,300. There were a few empty seats, but it was mostly full for the ceremony. I saw Hondo and JHoops from this blog feeding their faces.

There are large burms beyond the grandstands along the first and third base lines where people can stand or sit on the grass and watch, too. the third base line was fairly well packed with students. My guess is the burm will draw many sun bathers in the future.

Seats are comfortable, the sound system is first rate and watching GU's McGinnis park one over the left field fence (but not clearing the net) sort of made the circle complete for me.

I was told some opponent cleared the 380 mark and the nets and bounced one onto Trent (right field) last week. That had to be a 450-500 foot missile by the time it found asphalt & traffic.

fwiw, those bulldog club cards are good for bb tix. but even at that, a ticket at the park is only $5. Parking was not a problem. The hamburgers were good and I was told the dogs went down and stayed, too.

I predict many years of great bb watching for the Zags and wish them well.

hondo
04-21-2007, 08:28 AM
Al Hendricks! Rangerzag you must be really old. I think I read that Al died last year.

hondo
04-21-2007, 08:33 AM
"The hamburgers were good and I was told the dogs went down and stayed, too."
The only thing that could have been better would have been a couple of cold beers just to make sure those dogs stayed down.

gamagin
04-21-2007, 08:49 AM
a beer would be nice, Hondo. esp on a sunny day.

re snake pit (a new term to me) I predict it will be on the third base side burm, where the students can work on a keg in the parking lot (or nearby) and return in shifts to yell at the opponents dugout and on the field during the games.

someone in the lot had a tailgate party (of sorts). as I entered the ballpark, there were four folding chairs in a circle between two cars.

chairs like that might also be fun to put on the grass and let the kids run during a game or two on a warm day or evening under the lights. at least until the snake pit is reinstituted. If it is.

El Voce
04-21-2007, 09:10 AM
Besides the great park and good food well chronicled by others here, it appears that Mark Machtolf also has a fine team. Gonzaga's shortstop McGinnis made a couple of high quality plays and the centerfielder, Blank, made a great running catch before running into the fence.

As always, it will come down to pitching, and the pitching was very good last night in the person of Brandon Harmon. Currently, according to the WCC web site, the Zags are hot on the heels of second place San Diego, while perennial power Pepperdine is in first.

I am a little prejudiced here (I have known Mark since he was 10 years old), but I believe his work ethic and baseball smarts, combined with a beautiful new facility, mean the glory days of Gonzaga baseball lie in the near future.

ZagNick
04-21-2007, 09:12 AM
I find it hard to believe that Hondo was stuffing his face at the ball park....usually he spends half his time cooking pig knuckles, corned beef or brats to busy to worry about eating......the other half is spent trying to remember where he put his Guiness.....Go get em Hondo...

Bocco
04-21-2007, 09:16 AM
It seems to me that in the early to mid '70's a dedicated group students (primarily law students) would gather for Saturday games and harass the opposition. Often a 7.75 aluminum vessel containing a golden liquid could be found in the stands behind home plate. Consumption of this liquid seemed to assist in the creativity of the harassment of the opposition. However, for some reason, memory of these events is quite hazy.

wazZag
04-21-2007, 10:29 AM
Does anyone know if GU owns the land between the Baseball field/lawschool parking lot and Hamilton? Just curious if perhaps it was GU owned and being leased to the businesses there.

gamagin
04-21-2007, 10:51 AM
south of the soccer field, is owned, I believe, by EZ loader (which is also on the east side of hamilton south of the warehouse) and the spokane tool (lawn mowers, etc) is owned by the owners of spokane tool.

the new bb stadium land used to be the site of the spokane post office annex.

Rangerzag
04-22-2007, 08:45 AM
Al Hendricks! Rangerzag you must be really old. I think I read that Al died last year.

Evidently I am older than I usually think. News of Al's passing along with that of Greg Sten is a reminder of mortality. I hope Bill Portman and Bill Paver are doing well. I am the same vintage as those guys. I have been trying to remember who else was been on that freshman team. And yes, folks, there was a time when the Zags put a freshman team on the court.