Team finds 3 fields in time for season


March 28, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

For want of a field, the season was lost -- almost.

The newly formed St. Stephen's Community Little League had the players, coaches, umpires and equipment.

But until last week, they had no place to play.

After months of bickering between league and county officials, fields were found at last for the 120 children in the league.

Last month the league got a charter from Little League Baseball, Inc., of Williamsport, Pa., only to discover all the fields in Joppatowne and Edgewood had been assigned to the baseball and softball programs of those recreation councils.

The Little League group charged it had unfairly been denied use of fields.

But Paul Yanney, chief of recreation for the Harford County Parks and Recreation Department, said county policy states that department programs get first crack at fields.

Independent groups get whatever fields, if any, remain, he said.

Last week, the search turned up two fields at Edgewater Village near Lake Serene and one at Trinity Lutheran on Route 7 near Mountain Road.

The three previously unused fields will allow members of the new league to play ball.

"We are not out to block any organization from using county fields," Mr. Yanney said. "In this case, we worked relentlessly trying to find fields."

He said Robert Staab, new director of parks and recreation, led the effort to find the fields.

"He made this top priority . . . to search everywhere in the Joppatowne and Edgewood areas for available fields," Mr. Yanney said. "None of us should loses sight of the fact that we are all in this for one purpose -- the youngsters."

Rick Doyle, the parent of a youngster signed up for the new league, disputes Mr. Yanney's account.

He says he discovered the field at Trinity Lutheran and that league representatives, not parks and recreation officials, found the fields at Edgewater Village.

The two other sanctioned Little League programs in the county -- Havre de Grace and Popular Grove -- have their own fields.

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