Construction Underway for Baseball Clubhouse at Borleske Stadium
Alumni and parent gifts are helping make possible a clubhouse facility to serve the Whitman Blues baseball program beginning in its 2024 season.
Located behind the third base grandstand at Borleske Stadium, the $3.7 million, 3,300-square-foot clubhouse will include locker and training rooms and additional spaces for recruiting and multipurpose team meeting use.
“We are grateful for the generosity of alumni and families in helping us realize a baseball clubhouse facility at historic Borleske Stadium,” says Director of Athletics Kim Chandler. “This new facility provides a huge upgrade for our student-athlete experience.”
Donors to the clubhouse project include John Stanton ’77 and Terry Gillespie (Parent ’18), Grover and Sue Shade, and other parents of current and former Blues: Dan and Lisa Adams (’25) and Keenan and Deborah Conder (’23).
Fences were recently assembled at the clubhouse construction site as initial utility line work is underway. The clubhouse is expected to be open in February 2024—in time for the Blues baseball season. Walla Walla Sweets Baseball will also use the facility at Borleske during their summer collegiate seasons.
“We could not be more thankful for the support of our program with this project,” says Head Baseball Coach Brian Kitamura ’10. “This clubhouse elevates our student-athlete experience to a whole new level and will be a place that players will be able to call home for generations to come.”
Following Kitamura’s appointment as Head Coach in 2015, the Blues baseball program has climbed the Northwest Conference (NWC) standings, winning the league championship in 2019 and also earning the first-ever National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division III tournament berth in program history. The Blues have competed in three of the last four NWC Championship tournaments.