Avalon athletic director and head baseball coach announced Monday; a baseball parent secured Kelly Park for all games this season.
Dan Searles, whose son is a freshman on the baseball team, secured the field after working with the city of Gaithersburg council members since September. Searles lead a group of baseball parents who wanted a permanent home field for the team.
In the works since September, the contract was made official this past Friday on the 11th.
“It is beneficial to the team to have one field to play on for home games instead of traveling all over the county like we have before,” Said Patrick Duffy, head coach of the baseball team.
Duffy noted that both the location and the quality of the field make Kelly Park an ideal upgrade from where the baseball team practices now, Apple Ridge.
The team plans on using this practice field on a regular basis not only for the convenience and comfort of a well-kept field, but also in hopes of attracting potential baseball players from around the county to play for Avalon.
Before, the baseball team used fields such as Shirley Povich in Bethesda, Wheaton Regional Park and Olney Manor as well as various other fields around Montgomery County.
Although the deal with the city of Gaithersburg came out to be more expensive to use the field than Avalon’s previous field, Duffy along with the players and parents are confident that renting the field was well worth the money.