The grand opening of the newly renovated Davis-Pereiras Field at the Seymour High softball complex officially took place on Monday. The field is named in honor of former head coach Bill Davis and current head coach Ken Pereiras. Each have won five state titles while at the school.
“It’s just an honor to be in that capacity,” Pereiras said. “To have a field named after you is something special and something I am going to treasure the rest of my life. When you think of the naming of a field, it’s not me; it’s my name, but it’s the people that are around me that have made it happen. The coaches that I work with, the coaching staff, and all the players, of course, that we had along the way that just made it possible for me. I owe them a lot for it.”
Pereiras has been the head man for the Wildcats since 2005 after serving as an assistant to Davis for 15 years.
“When I started, I came to Seymour to coach basketball,” Pereiras said. “I saw there was an opening for softball, so I applied for it. I met with Bill and we talked, and we got along well, and then he hired me as an assistant. I was with him 15 years and I learned the ropes, learned things that I had to know to be successful. It’s all worked out pretty good for us.”
A short exhibition game between the GJ Hummell Little League and Seymour Tradition travel teams took place prior to the dedication ceremony.
Members of the 2016 Seymour High softball team, which won the Class M state title this past spring, received championship rings to commemorate the latest state title. The rings were donated by retired businessman and longtime Seymour booster Peter Klarides.
The state Bond Commission approved a grant to the town in 2015 that covered costs with building a new field, installation of lights, dugouts, a press box and replacement of the existing non-handicapped-accesible bleachers. Most of the project is complete.
“The field is done,” Pereiras said. “We’ll have one future project to build the press box. That’s in the future.”
Seymour High will begin to play night games on the field beginning in the spring of 2017.
“It’s a great addition to the city and to our program,” Pereiras said.
Pereiras said night games will likely begin in May, a month into the season. Pereiras said the Wildcats have agreed to play Westhill this upcoming season, which will very likely be played at night. Westhill handed Seymour its only loss last season.
“Some of the bigger games, maybe Oxford or Torrington (will be played at night),” Pereiras said. “Whatever we can get to night, we’ll switch them. We got these lights, we might as well use them.”