Queen’s Grant Fastpitch Softball Opens New Complex

Stallions Coach Don Nicholas at the New Softball Complex.
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MINT HILL, NC – The Queen’s Grant Lady Stallions are sprucing up with a new fastpitch softball field on their campus for the first time in the history of the school. This is a huge first step to make the program competitive within their Pac-7 Conference.

Panoramic View of New Softball Field.
Panoramic View of New Softball Field.

Under the instruction and leadership of head coach Don Nicholas, the team appears to be on their way to fielding a competitive team and potentially having a winning season for the first time in 13 years.



Previously, the team played their home games and practiced at Idlewild Park. On March 15, the Lady Stallions played their first on-campus game on the new field. It was a twenty-month “labor of love” according to coach Nicholas, who appropriately named the field “The Corral,” to honor the school mascot, the Stallions.

What was once an empty plot of land is now a brand new home field for the girl’s softball team. This was a longtime vision of Dr. Josh Swartzlander, the school principal. The project to build a “Field of Dreams” was mentioned to Coach Nicholas when he interviewed with Swartzlander in 2019.

A View From Behind the Backstop.
A View From Behind the Backstop.

“He asked me to follow him outside,” recalls Coach Nicholas. “Then he pointed to an empty lot and said, I want the girls to have their own field here on campus, and I need you to help build it.”

It became a mission, with a lot of assistance from many individuals, the community, and fundraising by the players and their families.

The Lady Stallions are currently 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the PAC-7 Conference. Come out and watch a game and experience the excitement of competitive high school fastpitch softball while supporting a local school team.

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