FARMINGTON - Softball players in San Juan County have a new place to hone their skills.
The Warehouse, located on 1100 S. Bluffview Ave., is an indoor training facility co-owned by Piedra Vista softball coaches Tommy Ward, Kevin Werth and Frank Whalen.
Ward believes the facility will give girls from all over the county a place to improve their games.
"We want all the kids to come and learn," Ward said. "Girls have that opportunity to continue playing and getting better."
The Warehouse has areas for girls to work on hitting, pitching or fielding drills and can be set up to fine tune any part of a player's abilities.
"You can get different drills done and just set it up yourself. It will be a good benefit for all of us," said Susie Chandler, who has committed to play for New Mexico State. "I think it will get people more interested in softball."
The PV coaches are available to assist players in any area of their game.
"What we teach really isn't any different than any other coaches are teaching, we may just have a different way of going about it," Ward said. It's all about the softball skills and that's what we want to teach. We want everybody in the community to come. It has nothing to with PV. Coach Werth, coach Whalen and I want kids to come in and we'll teach them. We just want the community to be better. It's about catering to girls softball. We're not experts, but we think we do a pretty good job at it."
The facility can also be rented out by coaches around the area to run their own training.
"The coaches can come in and work with their players and do what ever they want to do," Whalen said. "We just felt like there was a need for a softball facility in Farmington that caters to the girls."
Ward thinks the Warehouse will benefit high school players looking for collegiate playing opportunities.
"We've had great kids go on and play college, and hopefully we can give more kids the skills to do so," Ward said. "We're just going to promote what we think is right. It may not be perfect and it may not be used other places, but all three of us feel it works well for us."
The coaches are hopeful that their facility will improve softball players in the area the way Strike Zone has for baseball players.
"Strike Zone is a great facility and has done a great job in this community, but it's more tailor made toward baseball," Whalen said. "We want to do the same thing with girls softball and give them a place to feel at home where they know it's just for them. I think this is something we needed."
The Warehouse is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 505-801-1143.
Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.