New Albany Gazette

BMC Partners For Baseball, Softball Indoor Facility

By Reader Submitted
Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Blue Mountain College athletics recently formed a partnership with its next-door neighbor, the Dirt Cheap Regional Distribution Center, to establish an indoor practice facility for the Toppers baseball and softball teams.

CCM Capital Assets, LLC, , the parent company of Dirt Cheap, is contributing the use of this space to BMC in support of the college’s intercollegiate athletic program and the company’s commitment of service in the local community.

“Northeast Mississippi is very important to the growth of our company so we are very pleased to be able to help our neighbor, Blue Mountain College,” Rick Preusch, chief financial officer Dirt Cheap. “We wish the college every success in 2011 and hope that the indoor facility will help strengthen the baseball and softball programs.”

BMC will use part of the Dirt Cheap warehouse – formerly Berkline Manufacturing – on Mississippi Highway 15 to create an area that includes batting cages, pitching machines, pitching stations, defensive workout areas and team meeting areas – approximately 20,000 square feet.

“Not only has Dirt Cheap enabled us to meet a need, but it has exceeded anything we could have constructed,” said BMC athletics director Lavon Driskell. “When we made the decision to start baseball and softball we knew we would have to have an indoor facility. We had no idea we’d ever have one like this. We are indebted to Dirt Cheap for their willingness to help strengthen our athletic program at BMC.”

The Toppers will begin play in the NAIA TranSouth Athletic Conference in February. Both teams will practice and play at the New Albany SportsPlex, but softball coach Kevin Barefield and baseball coach Curt Fowler are excited over being able to practice during the winter and during inclement weather in an excellent facility in close proximity to the college campus.

“To have a facility like this is priceless,” said Barefield, the Lady Toppers softball coach. “You can’t put a value on having a place for players to go during bad weather. To have one this large is pretty unbelievable. It will enable us to work on so many things at once and better utilize our time.”

Fowler agreed. “It is a tremendous boost to our program to have a place like this to practice when the weather is bad,” he said. “There is plenty of space for what we need, and this will put us on an even playing field with everybody else in the TranSouth Conference.”

NEW PARTNERSHIP – Jessie Jones (center), manager of the Dirt Cheap Regional Distribution Center in Blue Mountain, discusses plans for the Blue Mountain College indoor practice facility with Toppers coaches Curt Fowler, left, and Kevin Barefield. BMC will use approximately 20,000 square feet of the Dirt Cheap warehouse on Mississippi Highway 15 for an indoor baseball and softball practice facility.