by Joshua Booth
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When the Bethel College softball team dedicates their field this weekend, they will thank one of their strongest fans and supporters.
Bethel hosts McPherson April 8, with the first game starting at 1 p.m. Bethel Vice President for Business Affairs Allen Wedel will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The field dedication and unveiling of the name in Wedel’s honor will take place at a ceremony between the first and second games.
Wedel has been in the VP Business position since 2009. His support of the softball program, which began at Bethel in 2012, has not gone unnoticed by the community or Bethel’s coaches and players.
The team started out playing their home games in Centennial Park, about a mile south of the Bethel campus on Kansas Avenue.
But by 2015, improvements to the former practice field on campus to the east of the residence halls began allowing the Threshers to host their home games there.
“Allen Wedel has been behind this program since the word ‘Go!’,” said Head Coach Stacy Middleton. “We have greatly benefited from his support in the building of our sport [which includes being] blessed with additions and improvements to our field every year.”
These improvements have included the oversized dugouts, a permanent outfield fence, and extra supplies for the surface of the field.
“We are excited to be a part of Allen’s legacy here at Bethel,” Middleton said .
All fans are invited to stay for a community barbeque after the second game.
Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016'17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.
In sports, Bethel competes within the 12-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the NAIA For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com.
Bethel College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, parental or marital status, gender identity, gender expression, medical or genetic information, ethnic or national origins, citizenship status, veteran or military status or disability. E-mail questions to TitleIXCoordinator@bethelks.edu.