The St. John Vianney High School Baseball Field has been selected as the National Field of the Year by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association. The honor, which is sponsored by the Baseball Coaches Association and Turface, was awarded at the Baseball Coaches Association convention on Friday in Tucson, Arizona.
“To be recognized as having the top facility in the nation is truly a great feather in the cap of Vianney baseball,” said Vianney baseball coach Scott Brown. “Our players understand how fortunate they are to have such a wonderful facility to be able to use on a daily basis. Now it is great that everyone else is able to see that as well, and to be the first one from the state of Missouri to be recognized with this honor is truly humbling. The amount of work that we are able to get done on a daily basis has made our program better and it all stems from the generosity of our alumni who stepped up and made this possible.”
The St. John Vianney High School baseball field had previously been selected as the Region 5 Field of the Year. The National High School Baseball Coaches Association is divided into eight regions. Region 5 consists of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. There have been six other Regional winners from the state of Missouri, but this is the first National winner.
“Vianney is blessed to have incredibly generous and passionate donors who made this facility a reality,” Vianney President Michael Loyet said. “With their commitment to the mission of forming young men in the Catholic, Marianist tradition, anything is possible for Vianney and the students entrusted to our care. Thank you to all members of the Vianney Family who share their time, talents and treasures in this vocation of education.”
The Vianney baseball program has won two state championships (2004, 2006), made six Final Four appearances, won 12 district championships and 11 Metro Catholic Conference titles.
The Golden Griffins went 32-7 in 2017, establishing a new school record for wins, and finished third in the Missouri Class 5 tournament. Brown, who is entering his eighth year at Vianney and 26th season as a head coach, has 466 career victories and has had 157 players move on to play college baseball.
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