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Baseball: Humble opens renovated David Sitton Field

April 4, 2019

Humble’s Chase Pena remembers the old David Sitton Field, which had the grass in the outfield and the dirt in the infield and on the mound.

When Pena stepped on the mound of the newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility he enjoyed the fresh new turf that covered the entire field.

“It’s awesome,” said Pena, who was playing his first baseball game this year after tearing his ACL during the football season. “I have been here for four years, and I have seen the dirt and everything the first three years. After the game there was always a lot of cleaning, getting clay and putting tarps on. Now, all we have to do is get the bases. It’s a really nice field, and we’re honored to play on it.”

David Sitton Field has brand new turf, scoreboard, dugouts, stands for the fans, new outfield lights, new restrooms and concession stands.

The new facility was a part of the $575 million school bond that was passes in 2018.

The field was named after former Humble baseball coach David Sitton back in 2015.

In his 31-year career as a coach with the Wildcats, Humble made 18 playoff appearances, notched more than 530 wins, had 17 All-State players, 73 players going on to play college baseball and eventually 17 players drafted into Major League Baseball.

Humble coach Robby Fontenot is glad to see the new field available to the Wildcats.

“One, I think it brings a source of pride to the community because this is something people can be proud of,” Fontenot said. “It brings a lot attention to the district as well. We can host tournaments that bring in other schools. It will put Humble ISD on the map if it hasn’t already.”

Summer Creek coach DJ Wilson and the Bulldogs were the first visiting team to play on the new field.

The Bulldogs were excited to be a part of history to play on the new field.

“They did an outstanding job,” Wilson said. “Obviously its first-class. Humble ISD is very committed to its athletic programs, and I think when the community helps the district do something like this it’s a big deal. They did it right. We were excited to be a part of the first game here.”

Senior catcher Alex Mier-Salazar and the Wildcats are excited to play their home games on their brand new field.

“We love it,” Mier-Salazar said. “It’s an upgrade from last year. We can’t wait to play more games this season. It makes us want to work harder knowing that we’re playing on a new field. We’re going to get out here at practice to continue to work harder.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com