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Liberty University Dedicates Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Liberty University dedicated Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Field, April 3, 2015. Courtesy Photos

Lynchburg, VA
April 3, 2015
Courtesy of Mark Seward

LYNCHBURG, VA – Prior to the beginning of today’s Big South Conference softball doubleheader against Presbyterian, Liberty Athletics held a special dedication ceremony as part of the grand opening of the new softball facility.

During the ceremony, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Director of Athletics Jeff Barber were recognized for their commitment to provide Liberty’s student-athletes with all they need to succeed, both on the field and in the classroom.

Former Lady Flames Head Softball Coach Paul Wetmore (1994-2013) offered a prayer of dedication for the state-of-the art facility, while Liberty Head Softball Coach Dot Richardson threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The highlight of the pre-game ceremony was the announcement of naming rights of the field, which will now be called Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium in honor of Dwayne Kamphuis.

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Pitching great Dwayne Kamphuis returns to center stage

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

DWAYNE KAMPHUIS shows that he still packs the muscle at this past Saturday’s pitching exhibition at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene. Kamphuis talked about his time playing softball and briefly about how religion helped save him during his bout with alcoholism. Photo By Michael Kantian / Daily Sun News

Daily Sun News
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Courtesy of Mark Seward

GRANDVIEW, Wash. – There was a time when many followers of men’s fastpitch softball made the argument that Dwayne Kamphuis had the deadliest arm in the country. Many fans argued Kamphuis’ arm was better than that of legendary softball pitcher Eddie “The King” Feigner.

Regardless of who comes out on top of the argument, make no mistake, Kamphuis was one of the greatest to ever pick up a softball.

Kamphuis, who lives in Grandview, put on a pitching display this past Saturday morning at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene.

Kamphuis, 67, provided some history on softball. He said softball started being played in Chicago in the late 1800s.

Kamphuis said he started pitching in 1945. His family didn’t have much money so he would use palmigranites growing on nearby trees with which to practice.

He started playing ball in California at a young age. At the age of 16, Kamphuis was inducted into the Junior Softball Hall of Fame.

In 1957, Kamphuis was inducted into the military service.

“It was during my time in the service I learned to throw this softball,” he said while palming a ball.

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