Springfield, Ore. -- Shortly after Bushnell University announced the return of a baseball program, the Beacons now have their own stadium to look forward to occupying as well. On Thursday morning, the school announced a partnership with Hamlin Middle School and the city of Springfield to renovate an already existing ballpark on campus to make it an NAIA compliant facility.
“The Hamlin Sports Complex is the perfect place for our new baseball team to play and train,” said Corey Anderson, Bushnell’s Athletic Director. “We are excited to continue our relationship with Springfield Public Schools. We are currently in our first year with our softball team playing and practicing on Rich Schwab Field at Maple Elementary and now to add another fantastic facility for both players and fans to enjoy is truly a gift.”
Little league and local baseball organizations will also be able to utilize the facility and the space will now provide another college baseball experience in town throughout the spring, summer and fall. The project will cost approximately $3 million to redevelop the fields, dug outs and concession stands, seating for 2,000 people, a press box and more amenities. It comes as a result of a partnership between local business leaders from Olsson Electric, Huddle Up Sports, Richardson sports and area coaches like Kenny Niles and Bushnell President Joe Womack to make baseball more accessible to the community.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to improve the level of baseball in our community, but even more so by the opportunities presented through this partnership to serve local youth in meaningful ways,” Olsson said, “We will accomplish this goal by working with the Huddle Up Foundation, Kenny Niles 108 Baseball Academy and student-athletes from Bushnell University by connecting with Springfield Public Schools to identify and meet critical needs.”