Elite Softball Facility Opens
The new OC softball stadium opened this month as one of the nation’s elite college softball stadiums at any level.
Tom Heath Field at the Lawson Softball Complex features locker rooms, coaches’ offices, training rooms, meeting rooms, a players’ lounge, permanent restrooms, a press box, permanent seating, an indoor training facility, outdoor lighting and a parking lot. It will utilize a playing surface of artificial turf, complemented by a bullpen and batting cages for both the home and visiting teams.
The stadium name, Tom Heath Field, honors the only softball coach in OC history. Lawson Softball Complex features the family who serves as the anchors in making this project a reality.
Ricky (92) and Kelly Lawson, who generously donated to make this stadium one of a kind, were simply seeking an avenue through which they could help Heath and the Lady Eagles.
“We are honored that Rick and Kelly Lawson blessed OC and our softball program with this wonderful facility,” Heath (71) said. “We plan on using this facility to host many events that will promote our softball program and bring people to our campus.”
The construction project was led by RGroup Inc. of Choctaw, owned by former OC basketball player Dillon Ripley (06).
View more stories from the Fall 2013 issue of Vision magazine.