October 29 - The George Washington University baseball program held a grand opening for its new Fassnacht Clubhouse at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park in Arlington on Oct. 20, the first on-site clubhouse since the program first fielded a team in 1903.
The 6,000 square foot clubhouse was built with funds from several donors, headlined by Dave and Tam Fassnacht, the parents of junior infielder Nate Fassnacht. The new facility features locker rooms, coaches’ offices, a player’s lounge and an indoor turf training area. It is part of a $3.5 million project that includes the construction of a 3,240 square foot structure that enclosed George Washington’s batting cages.
Since originally becoming the Washington, D.C. school’s home field in 1993, the facility has undergone two phases of upgrades, the first coming when a press box, grandstand and artificial turf playing surface debuted in 2012. Two years later, Barcroft’s field was dedicated in the name of alum and Board of Trustees member Ave Tucker, who has played an integral role in its development and upgrades. As part of the construction permit for the facility’s latest upgrade, the partnership between George Washington and Arlington County was extended by 10 years to 2041.
"Getting the field six years ago was the first step and that gave us a home to play," Colonials coach Gregg Ritchie said in a release by the school. "But to really pull a team together in terms of a family atmosphere and the bonding, development, and unity, it takes a clubhouse.
“The student-athletes know we can come here together and do this better. It's going to be a better experience for every student-athlete that comes here because they're going to have high-level development capabilities with this facility."
Parker, Ferrick Inducted to Colonial Forge Baseball Hall of Fame
Major League outfielder Jarrett Parker and Jack Ferrick Sr. were both inducted on Saturday into the Colonial Forge Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Eagles’ Alumni Day.
Parker, a second-team all-state selection as a senior in 2007, went on to star at the University of Virginia and was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round in 2010. He hit .257 with a .335 on-base percentage, 15 home runs and 51 RBI in 342 at-bats with the Giants from 2015-17, but was not re-signed by the club for the 2018 season. He enters this offseason as a free agent.
Ferrick was an assistant baseball coach at Colonial Forge for 16 seasons, and also served as an assistant football coach at the Stafford school for 14 seasons. His three sons, Jack, Travis and Ethan, played for him with the Eagles and each later went on to play collegiately. His namesake, Jack, is currently the head coach at Osbourn Park, and Travis is an assistant coach at the University of Dayton.
Metro Baseball Academy’s Annual Open House Set for Nov. 10
The Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, refreshments, raffles, prizes and other specials will take place during the Metro Baseball Academy’s 12th annual Open House on Nov. 10.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MBA’s facility on Newington Road in Lorton, and is open to area youth players of all ages interested in the academy’s camps, lessons and travel teams. For more information, visit MBA’s website at www.metrobaseballacademy.com.
Manassas City Council Candidates Debate Potential E.G. Smith Park Relocation
Among topics discussed among candidates for the Manassas City Council was the potential that the playing fields at E.G. Smith Park, the home of the Greater Manassas Baseball League, could be relocated to allow for potential commercial or residential development.
In a story by the Prince William Times, candidate Rex Parr was quoted as saying the park’s relocation was “worth considering” should the land at the busy intersection of Godwin Drive and Route 28 be developed into a more-profitable use to the city.
The discussion among candidates spurred a number of comments below the story, which can be found here. The vote for the Manassas City Council will be held as part of the midterm elections on Nov. 6.
Photo of Fassnacht Clubhouse courtesy of George Washington Athletics