MORRISTOWN, NJ – It’s a renovation that has been three years in the making, but the Morristown varsity baseball and softball teams are the beneficiaries of new state-of-the-art scoreboards behind a generous donation from Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center.
Last Tuesday afternoon, Morris School District board officials joined Trish O’Keefe, president of Morristown Medical Center and Vice President, Atlantic Health System, to christen the scoreboards, which was inspired by local resident Doug Hallberg. The varsity team was also present for the official presentation of the scoreboard and judging by the smiles on the kids’ faces, they were clearly receptive to the much-needed improvement at their home field.
“We are very supportive of Morristown High School and to be able to be a part of this in is a proud moment for us,” explained O’Keefe. “Atlantic Health’s goal is to support our community to be the healthiest in the nation.”
“It’s beyond the walls, beyond our campus and that’s where we need to care for people, right out in our community.”
On the baseball field the scoreboard, located behind the right field fence, is in a much more prominent location than the outdated one that preceded it.
“It’s nice to finally see a scoreboard out there,” quipped Hallberg, who was instrumental throughout the process and presented the first design of the new scoreboard over three years ago. “It’s been a long time coming.”
Morris School District superintendent Mackey Pendergrast expressed his excitement with the field renovations.
“We’re trying to upgrade all of our athletic facilities,” Mackey Pendergrast. “(This scoreboard) is absolutely beautiful and you can tell this is going to make the experience that much more enjoyable for the kids and their parents and families. It adds to an environment of fun in playing the game.”
He was just as excited for the return of spring sports this year.
“I’m so thrilled for the kids that they can come together as a group before they graduate is just wonderful.”
First-year head coach Kyle Murphy said the renovations were welcoming.
“There’s such a rich tradition and history here at Morristown High School with the baseball program,” Murphy explained. “I think it’s great any time someone wants to help us out and touch up the field a little bit.”
“These boys are extremely hungry to get out and make a name for themselves,” he added. “We’re just excited to get out there and put some runs on that new scoreboard.”
Softball head coach Casey Flynn is thankful for Morristown Medical Center's contribution. Coach Flynn commented that this is the first time the varsity softball field has ever had a scoreboard.
" The scoreboard adds to the renovations that were done to our field", said Coach Flynn. "This seems like a small thing, but it adds to the culture and competitive nature that we are building on every day with our team. We even use it during competition days at practices."
"I cannot thank Atlantic Health enough for the donation of our scoreboard",he said.
Both the baseball and softball teams are in action this week. The baseball team will face Delbarton on Wednesday and will compete in the Morris County Tournament on Saturday. The softball team will face Morris Hills on Wednesday and Roxbury on Saturday.