Playing Baseball Without A Field

By: Erin Logan Email
By: Erin Logan Email

Being a kid means having fun outdoors and often being a part of a team.

Some area kids understand the meaning of team, but they are missing a key component.

The baseball league does not have a home field.

Just before Kristine Rowland gets up to bat and smacks the ball, she says, “I hit really good.”

The 12 year-old with cerebral palsy is already demonstrating the meaning of perseverance.

She says, “I love my baseball team.”

So does Kristine's mom, Carol Rowland. She too has started to bond with some people.

Rowland says, “It's good for us, too, to get out of the house and be able to talk to other parents. It helps us relieve our own home burdens.”

But now all of this fun time has turned into frustration for parents.

Last year, they invited us to Northwest Little League Park.

It was supposed to be the Challenger Little League's new handicapped accessible home field.

But District President Kevin Weinberg says the City's Economic Development Commission decided they did not like the original proposal.

Now, it is back to square one for the adults.

Kristine Rowland says, “It makes me happy to be here.”

Those words are what is keeping Kristine's mom and all of these other parents driving around from field to field throughout the week, hoping to borrow one from another team.

Rowland says, “The last couple of games we got shut out because we got there and they were already playing.”

Weinberg says the kids will get the field they deserve, but the parents say they are not so sure.

Oscar Cantu, the Challenger League’s President says, “I don't want to be too hopeful or excited. We already got burned once. We've been trying to buy land for three years.”

Cantu says they need a field first, of course, but also the equipment to help cater to the 80-plus kids with special needs.

They will be holding a fundraiser Saturday, August 18th at Holy Family from 6-11 p.m. Admission is $8 and there will be food, drinks, gambling and raffles. You must be 21.

For more information call 784-8544 or 234-3579.

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