The start of the season for the Moody Lady Blue Devils relinquished both excitement and emotion recently at the Moody High School Athletic Complex. It marked not only the first swings of the season for the team, but also a ceremony to signal the completion and dedication of the softball field.

The field was blessed by private funds and labor in conjunction with the City of Moody to make opening night a reality. However, the large crowd who gathered to take part in the dedication were even more blessed to learn of an athlete and student, Farrah Seals, whose name the field would bear.

MHS announcer, David Simpson, said it best stating, “She could throw a softball at 62 miles per hour when she was just a sophomore and earned enough All-County and MVP awards to fill a stadium. But, the name Farrah Seals would have been etched in time even if she had never picked up a softball. The fact that she was an outstanding athlete was simply par for the course. Farrah Seals, a 2006 Hall of Fame Inductee, was a tall, blonde-haired, brown-eyed Moody High School student athlete that had a knack for turning everything she touched into gold. Therefore, no one was especially surprised when she excelled in volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and softball, all while maintaining a straight-A average every year of her life. Her parents, Jenny and Lyndon Seals, said they knew their daughter was special, but they had no idea just how many lives she had touched.”

The Seals family, including Jenny, Lyndon and Bradley, were recognized during the opening ceremony and 2009 Lady Blue Devils released 25 balloons in honor of Farrah’s accomplishments. The balloons represented her number and officially marked the retirement of her jersey.

“With great honor today... we would like to officially welcome everyone here tonight to Farrah Seals Field,” said Simpson.

Fireworks filled the sky, the band played the Moody alma mater and Bradley Seals threw out the first pitch. However, the celebration didn’t end there. The Moody Blue Devils went on to pick up a 4-1 win over Spain Park to complete the evening.

Blue Devil Molly Washington pitched a complete game for her first win of the season. She allowed only one earned run, five hits and two walks, along with an impressive 14 strikeouts.

Meagan Young went two-for-two with two runs. Lea Crutchfield went two-for-three followed by her sister Candice Crutchfield who went one-for-one with a double. Washington went two-for-four and one RBI.

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