Jun. 11—NORWALK — It's time to turn the tables.
Three seniors-to-be at St. Paul High School — Amelia Rospert, Presley Stang and Isabelle Zimmer — are hosting area contractors on Saturday for a pair of softball games at Norwalk Area Contractors Park for their senior project.
The park is owned by a group in Norwalk, headed by Derek Dilger, who got together with area contractors to supply manpower, money and materials to build the fields. There is a softball field, baseball field and football field in the park, located off of Akron Road (Ohio 18) in Norwalk.
"We build Ohio," the sign for the field proudly states.
The press box and storage garage was sponsored by Jim and Pat Westerhold.
There will be a pair of games:
11 a.m. — Lake Erie Construction vs. Mark's Excavating.
1 p.m. — Smith's Paving vs. RMH.
"We have around 35 players and four different teams," said Rospert, who was a pitcher on this year's Lady Flyers' team.
"I think it is very special for a lot of us. The organization that owns the field lets us play for there for free. All of the people who worked on it really haven't been thanked for their hard work."
There will be food available — $5 for adults and $3 for children. On the menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, pasta salads, ribbon fries and desserts.
"We have some raffle baskets. If we make any money we are going to give it back to the owners for playground equipment," Rospert said. "That is very expensive."
Construction on the park began a couple of years ago and the fields were completed midway through the 2019 season. They sat empty last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, then the Flyers played their full schedule there this year.
And it was a good season for the Flyers, as the baseball team won its fourth straight Firelands Conference title while the girls were very competitive (12 wins) up until the final pitch when they lost a heartbreaker to Lucas at home in a Division iV sectional championship.
"It was a good season," Rospert said, adding the team is looking forward to next year.