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Greendale's baseball field opens in style with ceremony, big victory

Panthers celebrate by routing Port Washington

Roy Reiman collects a high-five from Keith Ringelberg for his first pitch to open the new Greendale High School baseball diamond May 24.

Roy Reiman collects a high-five from Keith Ringelberg for his first pitch to open the new Greendale High School baseball diamond May 24. Photo By C.T. Kruger

May 27, 2014

Roy Reiman added a bit of a twist to the time-honored tradition of throwing out the first pitch.

The Greendale icon stood on the mound at the newly-renovated high school baseball field on the evening of Saturday, May 24, carefully eyeing catcher Keith Ringelberg.

Reiman pretended to shake off a couple of signs, then he called Ringelberg to the mound for a conference as the crowd laughed.

The showman then looked to each side, presumably checking the runners, and then glanced up into the sky before delivering his pitch.

He then asked for the ball back and threw a second pitch for good measure.

He came off the mound and shook hands with all the Greendale players and coaching staff, and with that, the field was officially opened.

Reiman likes field

Reiman and his family provided some crucial support in the renovation, which began last year and resulted in a fine new facility for the Panthers.

"This is a great site on a great night," Reiman said. "This turned out wonderfully."

He said the renovation was sparked by a poll of baseball coaches from several years ago.

"A lot of people think they did this for cosmetic reasons," Reiman said, "but coaches from the south side ranked baseball diamonds about two years ago. They ranked 25 fields, and Greendale was last. What made matters worse was that Greenfield (with a new facility) was number one, and we have that friendly rivalry there.

"Also, there have been some concussions out here because the soil was so hard. When I played ball years ago, I played with some bad bounces and rocks, but this was really serious."

Although his family did help with the renovation, Reiman made clear that he does not want the field to have the proposed name of Reiman Family Field.

"We don't look at this at all as Reiman Field," he continued. "We're flattered, but we call this Brinkman Field. I coached little league for seven years and spent a lot of time down here. We still think of it as Brinkman Field, and we prefer they leave it that way.

"George Brinkman was the first village president 39 years ago, so for 39 years, it has been called that, and let's leave it at that."

Panthers rout Port

The new field was christened in a grand way as the Panthers exploded for five first-inning runs in their game against Port Washington.

Angel Ramirez picked up the first Greendale hit on the new field with a run-scoring triple to the left-centerfield gap to bring home Ben Moore, who had walked.

Zack Henderson followed with a ringing double to the same spot to plate Ramirez, and the Panthers were off and running.

They went on to a 15-1 romp behind three hits apiece by Tristian Pipp and Ramirez. Ty Ramirez picked up the victory, striking out eight in three innings.

Now that the new field is a reality, the Panthers can focus on putting together a memorable season to celebrate.

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