Lake Village Little League shows off new complex to start the season | Local
LAKE VILLAGE, Ind. – The Lake Village 2021 Little League season kicked off last Saturday with an annual parade of teams. However, there was more excitement in the air this year when the new four-ball sports complex was unveiled and played for the first time.
“This is a big day for us,” said Danel Erickson, president of the Lake Village Little League.
Last year the Little League was unable to use the school fields due to COVID restrictions, so the Little League Board reached out to Lake Township Trustee Nikki Hangar for help. The trustee had raised funds for new ball fields but needed people to run the project. The Lake Village Little League board quickly rose and broke ground for the new complex in October.
“It took a lot of people and a lot of help to get us here today,” added Erickson. “I want to say a big thank you to the community, the community and the county. All the support has been overwhelming. Words cannot express my deep gratitude for what you see around you and for the people who made it possible. What started out as a mere question quickly turned into something more amazing than I imagined. The amount of blood, sweat, tears and love that flows into these fields is absolutely overwhelming. The money, the thoughts, the planning, the hours and hours of work, the lost sleep, everything is immeasurable. And at least for me, and I hope for everyone here that everything was worth it for this moment. We have more plans in the works – we’re not done yet. “
Donations for the project and its realization include:
Nikki Hangar and the Lake Township Board, Newton County Council, Newton County Economic Development, Newton County Commissioners, Tammy and Brent and their company Dirt Diggers Excavating, Tom Sheehy and Family, Jason and Danielle Higgins, Jim and Nikki Kroll, C&M Landscape, Roselawn Electric, Village Motors, KRB Utility, Jammie Little, Rob Church and the crew of Churchill Farms, Brenda Parman, Jeremy and Crystal Holste and family, Jake Cuthbertson, Jennie Rose, Eric Jones and Roselawn Little League, Newton County Highway Department, Natural Prairie Dairy, U.S. Aggregates, ReMax Risner Group, Sheehy Well, DeMotte State Bank, Kentland Bank, Republic Services, Carpet Barn, Groundsman Cobblestone, and many other volunteers.
This season, Lake Village has 12 teams for a total of more than 115 youth games.