A new era in Hastings baseball was launched with the re-opening of Duncan Field in front of a capacity crowd on a sweltering Tuesday evening.
More than 1,000 people poured into the ballpark to witness the re-opening, eat hot dogs, and watch a doubleheader between the Hastings Five Points Bank and Johnson Imperial Homes teams and visiting Kearney.
Honorary first pitch honors were shared by Mayor Vern Powers, Legion representative Bill Hervert, and Steve Sponberg, Hastings College’s baseball coach.
Powers said that being back on the field brought back “tons of good memories” of his Legion basesball days.
He said he hopes youngsters who live close enough to play in games there will take advantage of that opportunity and make their own history at the newly-renovated ballpark.
“It looks wonderful,” Powers said. “I don’t know what more we could have done out here. It’s just beautiful.