DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County High School’s baseball and softball fields will get permanent bleachers, the board of education decided Thursday.
Board members voted to take $185,000 from general funds to purchase and install the new bleachers, which will replace the small portable units that have been in use at the two fields.
“The bleachers we have right now are temporary,” Superintendent Trent Lovett said, “and most of the bleachers on the property [for other sports] are permanent, and we’d like to go ahead and make these permanent as well.”
Lovett noted that Marshall County will be the host site for the Region 1 baseball tournament in 2015.
It will be the first time Marshall County has been host school for the baseball regional.
“We’re exciting about a chance to host the tournament and just showcase our facility,” Marshals coach Mike Johnson said.
The softball tournament has been held at Marshall County twice in the past 15 years, in 1999 and 2012. It will return to MCHS in 2016.
The Lady Marshals won the region title in 2009, when the tournament was held at Heath. Coach Jennifer Burnham’s 26-7 team won one game and lost to North Hardin in the first round, then defeated Montgomery County before being eliminated by Franklin County.
The baseball tournament has been held the past five years and 11 times in the last 15 years at Brooks Stadium in Paducah. It was held in 1999, 2001 and 2003 at Reagan Field on the campus of Murray State University.
Brooks Stadium is home to the Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado, but next year’s tournament will be the first held at a high school’s on-campus home field since Graves County was the site of the 2008 and 2009 tournaments.
The last time the region tournament was held on an on-campus high school field, Marshall County won the title over Graves County.
Coach Don Bock’s 30-5 team then won a best-of-three playoff against Henderson County at the Graves County field to advance to the 2009 state tournament.
The Marshals fell to eventual state champion Lexington Catholic 2-0 in the school’s only trip to the state baseball tournament.
Marshall County is one of 11 Jackson Purchase region schools to play in the state baseball tournament.
North Marshall, which advanced to the final four in 1969, is the only other county team to appear in the state event.
Paducah Tilghman has the most trips with nine between 1958 and 1974.
n McCracken County, 2014
n Lone Oak (three appearances, most recently in 2013)
n Calloway County (2012)
n Mayfield (five appearances, most recently in 2011)
n Heath (five appearances, most recently in 2007)
n St. Mary (1980)
Murray (three appearances, most recently in 1979)
n Reidland (1973)