Softball Comes Home to Taylor Field
On Tuesday, May 16, 2023 Gilmour Academy held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its newly renovated softball field, named Taylor Field in recognition of the generosity of Bruce and Virginia Taylor. Other major supporters include the O’Rourke family and the New York Community Foundation as well as Jim ’67 and Mary Conway, and Jose and Rita Rizo-Patron. These supporters and other donors provided the funding for the $380,000 field as part of Gilmour’s Campaign for Lancer Athletics.
The renovation project was led by the steadfast efforts of current Gilmour parent Chris Paradise, Trustees Joe Ciuni ’77, Rob Miavitz ’87 and Jose Rizo-Patron, and others. Paradise was instrumental in determining how best to address the much-needed improvements for the field and managed the project from start to finish.
The program’s existing field had become unusable and the program had not played a home game since 2017. In recent years, they have played home games in Mayfield, at Ursuline College and at Notre Dame College.
The renovations were completed in time for the team to play their first playoff game at home on their new field on May 8. They defeated Massillon Washington High School 12-7.
Head of School Kathy Kenny said of the project, “We are so grateful to Chris Paradise, Jose Rizo-Patron, Joe Ciuni, Rob Miavitz and our community of donors, who came together to make this field a reality, ensuring that the Gilmour girls softball program could return home to play on one of the best grass fields in town.”
The improved field and complex now includes:
sub-surface drainage system to reduce water collection and rainouts
infield made of a premium ball field mix of drying agents and red crushed brick mixture (what premier ballparks in inclement weather regions use)
backstop with increased height and length
fully enclosed home and away dugouts
outfield and sideline fencing connecting to the rest of the structure (now a fully enclosed ballpark)
full batting cage and bullpen
Phase II renovations include:
- scoreboard installation and electrical power to the site
- outfield drainage installation