Stone High School renaming baseball complex to Kevin Conard Field
The Stone baseball program has been through a lot over the last ten or so months, but the Tomcats keep finding impactful ways to navigate the healing process.
One of the most significant events on the timeline is scheduled for this weekend.
At 11:15 Saturday morning, Stone High School is renaming its baseball field to Kevin Conard Field in memory of the longtime former head coach and serving athletic director at the time of his tragic passing last May.
An especially emotional and proud day coming up for Gehrig Conard, who grew up on that very field right alongside his father.
Now a senior, Conard is making his last ride with the Tomcats one to remember, having already thrown a no-hitter and a 20-strikeout game on separate nights before heading off to South Alabama next season. “I was ecstatic when they told me that. I mean I’m super excited. He definitely deserves it. So, we’re just going to try to go out and win a state championship for him, so I mean that’s the next step.”
Stone Head Baseball Coach Sean Miller said, “He built this program up. And to honor him and when people come in and see Kevin Conard field, I mean we’re all excited about it. And we can’t wait for it. We hope we have a big crowd that comes out, especially his old players. So yes, the guy put in – he was here 24/7. He was here 24/7, always working, doing something. Or either at the field or around the field or getting the community involved. So, to do this, it’s only fitting, like you said, and we’re excited about it and can’t wait for that to happen.”
The field dedication is set for 11:15 a.m. ahead of Saturday’s noon first pitch against Picayune.