STROUD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – New state-of-the-art little league and college fields are officially open, thanks to a unique partnership.
The updated fields at ‘Creekview Park Complex’ in Stroud Township are home to Stroudsburg Little League players, plus East Stroudsburg University’s softball and baseball teams.
The improvements include new artificial turf fields, bullpen areas, dugouts, bleacher seating, batting cages, and overhead netting to protect fans from foul balls.
“It’s a Division 1 quality field and it’s going to be a huge boost to our program,” says Gary Gray, ESU Director of Athletics.
Players who grew up on the original fields say this is a huge improvement.
“It was really nice. It was awesome seeing the transformation from what it was when I played here when I was younger in little league, to what it is now. It’s remarkable, actually,” explains P.J. VanOrman, Captain, ESU Baseball.
Because the little league and college fields are right next to each other, it allows the different age groups to interact.
“You know, here’s a little kid watching a big kid playing. They probably got their dreams set now,” smiles Jerry Robertson, President, Stroudsburg Little League.
ESU softball and baseball players call this ‘a big upgrade’ from their former fields on-campus.
“I absolutely love them, they’re amazing. The turf outfield is absolutely nice and the dirt infield is a lot better than what we had at school,” says Rachel Sciverd, First Baseman, ESU Softball.
This enhancement project is a partnership between Stroudsburg Little League, ESU, and Stroud Township supervisors.
“It does a lot for the recruting actually as well, because players see what we’re playing on and they want to play here too then,” VanOrman adds.
The East Stroudsburg University Foundation raised $1.8 million dollars for this project.
ESU officials are still deciding what to do with the former baseball and softball fields on campus.