The Columbia City softball team open their new field destroying the girls from Wawasee 19-1.  Prior to the game two ceremonial first pitches were thrown to commemerate the moment.  The first pitch was thrown by Columbia City Athletic Director, Khelli Leitch.  The following was read prior to Mr. Leitch's pitch,"The impact that he has made on our student athletes, coaches and community has been tremendous. He had the difficult task of transitioning from our old high school to our new athletic complex for all sports. As you look around our complex you can see that we truly have something special that we can be very proud of. It is difficult to understand and appreciate the time he spent making sure our needs as coaches and community were met Thank you Mr. Leitch as you continue to serve athletes, coaches and our community."

Former Coach Steve Cox threw out the other pitch.  "Coach Cox coached here 20 years, 5 years as an Assistant Varsity Coach and 15 years as our varsity Coach. During that time, his teams won 7 Sectional Championships. 2 Regional Championships, 6 NHC Conference championships. He was named NHC Conference Coach of the year 3 times, He coached 7 State all stars. Coach Cox was voted by his peers as District coach of the year once and was voted to coach the state all-star team. His teams won 68 percent of their games with a record of 277 wins and 139 losses. His work ethic and his passion for success showed in how his teams performed on the field Thank you Coach Cox for all the memories and for making Columbia City Softball one of the most respected softball programs in the area."

Mike Hoppe was also honored in the pregame festivities. "We would like to recognize Mr. Mike Hoppe who is in our press box this evening. His commitment to excellence in educating our young people has made a huge difference in the growth of his students. Although retired from teaching he continues to influence and inspire athletes in our community. Mike is the voice behind the Mic at our high school football, men’s basketball and lady basketball games. We would like to take this time to say thank you for all you do Mike Hoppe."

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