The first games to be played at the new Desert Diamonds Baseball Complex get underway Wednesday, April 3 and two fields at the Las Vegas Valley's first 90-foot baseball diamond four-plex will be named in a brief ceremony at 5:15 p.m. for two men who coached, mentored and inspired hundreds of local baseball players, some of whom went on to play Major League Baseball.
Fields 2 and 3 are being named for Manny Guerra and Carl Cassell, respectively. Each has played important roles in Southern Nevada baseball at the youth, American Legion and college levels and scouted in the Major Leagues.
The inaugural games are being played as part of the 2019 Desert Classic hosted by Bishop Gorman High School, which will conclude Saturday, April 6.
The complex sits on a 25-acre site adjacent to Mountain's Edge Regional Park at 7929 Mountains Edge Parkway and features four adult baseball fields, natural turf, lights bleachers and sun shade.
"This is a one-of-a-kind baseball complex in Southern Nevada," said Commissioner Justin Jones, who represents the area. "No other complex locally has four 90-foot baseball fields in the same facility, allowing us to host tournaments like the 2019 Desert Classic, which is not only a great asset for local baseball but a boon to the local economy since out-of-state athletes and their families visit Las Vegas as a result." Desert Diamonds is capable of hosting not only high school games but also those of the NCAA Division I.