The nearly 50-year-old Hanson Baseball Field was dedicated and named the Amar Lancon Field on the campus of Hanson Memorial High School during the school’s first Baseball Hit-a-Thon.
The ceremony began with prayer, the pledge and the welcome before HMS Head Baseball Coach Ryan Stoute explained the dual purpose of the day.
“This event today is our first annual Hanson Memorial High School Hit-A-Thon,” Stoute said. “It is my hope that this event becomes another longstanding tradition of the Hanson Memorial Baseball Program. Today also marks a very important day for this program as we will dedicate and give a name to our home field. Although the Hit-A-Thon brought many of you here, another reason for this day is to honor our field with a name.”
Coach Stoute said that he had thought long and hard about the dedicating of the field in a special ceremony “for several years,” never knowing quite when it had to happen but knowing all along the field could have only one name. Stoute credited Derrick Faucheaux and Clint Judice for their guidance, time and resources.
“This past December it was time to move on it so I approached Derrick Faucheaux, asking for his help to make this day a reality,” Stoute said.
According to Stoute, Faucheaux said the day was “long overdue.”
Stoute thanked Faucheaux and Judice for bringing workers to the field to work on the project.
Stoute said, “alongside Derrick and Clint (Judice) are several others who were involved in making today happen of whom I want to recognize, including Amar Lancon, Earl ‘Bun’ Peterson, Ben Chauvin, Mark Chauvin, Clint Bishop and Brian Napier, who will cap our structure in the upcoming days.” He added there were “countless others, the many Hanson and St. John parents” that helped as well.
Stoute reminded HMS baseball faithful supporters that the HMS Baseball Field has been in existence for nearly 50 years.
“This nearly 50-year-old field has served the entire community of Franklin well during its life,” he said. “When Hanson didn’t have baseball, it served as the home field to both the Franklin Hornets and the Post 63 Franklin Legionnaires. This field, which sits quietly on the backside of this beautiful and historic campus, has character because of its age, is spiritual for all those who have graced it over time and is definitely a testament to hard work and passion. So its traits are that of character, great spirit, hard work, and passion… I’d say fittingly those traits describe the most endearing man I’ve come into contact with in my time here in Franklin. With that I am proud to introduce you all to Amar Lancon Field on the beautiful campus of Hanson Memorial High School.
“The 2012 Hanson Memorial Motto/Rally Cry is a short, but very concise phase which echoes how this man lives his life, ‘Set the example – no one does it better than you, Mr. Amar.’”
Stoute later called on Faucheaux, Judice and Lancon to address the HMS fans before the unveiling of the huge “Amar Lancon Field” wall in centerfield capped the inspiring ceremony.