Kierstyn Ketchell

In this undated photo, Kierstyn Ketchell (right), a former Fremont High softball player now playing at Salt Lake Community College, poses for a portrait with longtime softball coach Dick Scadden at Dick Scadden Field at Fremont High School in Plain City, Utah

PLAIN CITY — Softball coaching icon Dick Scadden told Weber High softball players Tuesday that, since they were going to be playing on his field at Fremont High School, they better play well.

The team arrived at Fremont but the proof the field was Scadden’s was nowhere to be found.

The sign that said “Dick Scadden Field” — previously affixed to the west side of the shed behind the third-base dugout — was gone.

Dick Scadden Field

The west side of the shed behind the third-base dugout at the Fremont High School softball field in Plain City, Utah, as shown on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. A sign reading 'Dick Scadden Field,' honoring longtime softball coach Dick Scadden, was previously affixed to the shed but has gone missing.

“This issue is not a good one and we’re not happy about it,” Fremont principal Michele Parry said.

Parry said the situation is being looked at “as a possible theft or vandalism.”

“We wouldn’t (take it down),” Parry said. “We’re proud of the fact that we are the Dick Scadden softball field.”

Parry said the process to replace the sign is already underway.

“We respect Weber High and we respect Dick Scadden, no matter where he’s coaching,” she said.

Scadden, 78, said he wouldn’t be so bothered by the sign’s removal if not for the fact that it apparently came right before Weber played Fremont. 

“The sign was there Monday night when (Fremont) played Bonneville, and we go there (the next day) and it’s gone,” Scadden said. “And the only thing I could link that to is my appearance.

“And so otherwise I wouldn’t think anything of it, but they kind of personalized it.”

Scadden — known for charging only a diet Coke for his decades-long softball tutelage to players throughout the area — started assisting Fremont’s softball program when the school opened in 1994. He said he spent 20 to 25 years helping Fremont softball in some fashion.

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His daughter, Shelby, was the first pitcher in program history and helped lead the Silver Wolves to an 11-1 region record in the school’s inaugural season. Two of his granddaughters — Megan and Heidi — also played softball at Fremont. Heidi scored the game-winning run in the 2005 state championship game.

Though he no longer coaches at Fremont, he hasn’t stopped helping coach players who play for Fremont — including Kierstyn Ketchell. Ketchell graduated from Fremont last year and now plays at Salt Lake Community College.

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In a Wednesday Facebook post, Ketchell pleaded for the return of the sign.

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