New Softball Fields Open in Annandale

Fairfax County has opened two athletic fields specifically designed for girls fast pitch softball at Wakefield Park in Annandale, park officials said.

The fields are technically still under construction but Tim White, deputy director of the county Park Authority, said they were complete enough to allow an international tournament to be played on them last month.
The new fields have larger seating areas and dugouts, taller fences, warm-up cages, foul poles with fair-ball screens, scoreboards and dugout covers. In addition, the irrigation and lighting systems can operate remotely.
There are 75 ball diamonds in the county that can accommodate fast-pitch softball but only 22 that have been developed to meet the specific needs of girls fast-pitch softball, which are so-called skinned infields in which the dirt is showing, 60-foot bases and 200-foot outfield fences.
For more information, call 703-324-8662.

By Steve Fehr |  September 8, 2005; 7:00 AM ET  | Category:  Parks and Recreation
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