Parsons softball coaches secure turf upgrade for Forest Park batting cage and bullpen | Sports

The Forest Park softball field, where the Parsons Vikings play their home games, has just been renovated.

Parsons head coach Shelby Liska got a donation of turf from her alma mater, Ozark High School in Missouri, which she took back to Forest Park for a new bullpen and batting cage look.

“It was all of Coach Liska’s connections and the people she knew,” Parsons High School athletic director Rob Barcus said. “I would never have thought to ask them or even heard of this. It’s completely his connections. Ozark was just going to throw it away.

Liska and her husband Wade, the assistant coach of the Vikings, went to Ozark this weekend to pick up some rolls of grass.

Upon their return to Parsons, the Liskas laid the turf on the floor of the batting cage and bullpen at Forest Park, which was previously just concrete.

“The coaching staff are trying to improve their facilities,” Barcus said. “She deserves all the credit. It will make the installation more enjoyable.

Although not a major infrastructural change, the turf is one of the first major improvements to the Forest Park softball field in recent years.

“It shows that she’s looking for ways to improve the program, whether it’s the facilities or the culture,” Barcus said. “I like her intensity. She always works hard and pushes the girls to improve.

Parsons softball entered the 2022 spring season without winning a game in five years. The Vikings ended that streak against Coffeyville, despite only winning one game in Liska’s first year as head coach.

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