DEER PARK – The Deer Park High School girls softball team scored another win this season. It wasn’t on the field, but rather around it.
Deer Park High School alumnus Bobby Castrucciof the Castrucci Automotive family donated the funds needed to build a brand new softball fence.
“Assistant (Deer Park) softball coach Tim Shepherd is a good customer to the dealership and was in here purchasing a vehicle and we started talking about back-to-back league championships,” Castrucci said. “He mentioned wishing they had a home run fence. On behalf of Mike Castrucci Ford, myself and the girls softball program, we got together to provide them with the fence they needed.”
A Deer Park graduate of 2002, when Castrucci was not working at the family business, he played baseball and golf for the Wildcats. After graduation, Castrucci spent two years learning the family business before enrolling at the University of Cincinnati to study accounting and finance. His hard work paid off and he credits his years spent in Deer Park, which is why the Castrucci family gives back to the community and schools.
“In addition to this donation, we (Castrucci Ford) have also provided convertibles to many homecoming parades as well as convertibles for the teacher’s retirement party,” said Castrucci. “I do plan to stay involved with the school and community, whether it will be softball or some other aspect.”
The new home run fence is certainly being used this year. Ceara Trusty now has 156 career hits, which is the most career hits in Deer Park softball’s history. Sam Wood has a 111 career runs batted in, which is the most career RBI and she is also the career doubles leader with 38. Lacey Chadwell has 19 career home runs, the top career number, before the season is over, she will probably move into second place in career RBI.
“Having supportive alumni is important to an athletic department,” Deer Park Athletic Director Rob Hamann said. “We could not be more pleased and appreciative of Bobby Castrucci’s donation. Senior first baseman Lacey Chadwell truly enjoys hitting home runs over it. Every time Lacey hits a home run over the Castrucci home run fence, she breaks her own school record.”
The Deer Park High School softball team will enjoy hitting home runs over their new fence for years to come.
“When you grow up in a small community like Deer Park, you may move away, but that small town feeling never leaves you,” Castrucci said. “There are not many other communities out there that are as tight knit as Deer Park.”