Dodd Field gets new turf, opens to Little League

June 26, 2012

By Kira Clark

Project Manager Greg Crockett and son Torin Crockett cut the ribbon June 9 at the opening of Dodd Field. By Juan Gonzalez

On June 9, Issaquah Little League celebrated the opening of two new artificial turf fields at Dodd Field behind Issaquah Valley Elementary School. The fields are named after Terry Dodd, former league president and 30-year volunteer.

The dedication included baseball-themed music provided by the Issaquah High School marching band, a ribbon cutting ceremony, three championship baseball games, and a variety of attractions including a dunk tank and speed pitching booth.

Issaquah Little League began the $320,000 project to add turf to Dodd Field in October 2010.

“This project would not have been even remotely possible without our ‘git ‘er done’ project manager, Greg Crockett,” Dirk Jongejan, player agent for the Issaquah Little League, said.

Crockett worked with the Issaquah School District, King County Parks, and a team of volunteers to raise funds to turf the fields. A number of major sponsors also helped.

In addition to adding turf to Dodd Field, 2012 has been a growing year for the Issaquah Little League, which now has more than 800 players, 150 coaches and 58 teams.

How to help

The Dodd Field campaign still needs contributions. Donate or purchase a memorial brick at www.issaquahlittleleague.org/ dodd_field_campaign.

Colin Curtis, one of Issaquah Little League’s own, has played for the New York Yankees.

Curtis recalled the days of playing against and with your friends and buddies. He said he couldn’t decide if his first home run at age 10 was more exciting than his home run in Yankee Stadium. His road to the Major League was anything but smooth, and it included a battle with cancer at age 15.

“We thank Colin for being a role model, overcoming illness, injury and having the determination to follow his dream … even if it is in those dreaded pinstripes,” Jongejan quipped.

On their way to the big leagues, Little League teams fought for the Issaquah championships. The Rangers won the AAA division (8-9) game, the Phillies won the Coast division (10-11) game and the Giants won the Majors division (11-12) game.

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