MLB grant helps construct third softball field at Faulkner Park

One year ago, parents with the Tyler Fastpitch Association were worried about their daughter's having a clean, safe place to play.

Now named the Rose Country Girl's Softball Association, the girls will have three new places to play.

Wednesday morning the Tyler city council approved and accepted a $100,000 grant from MLB's Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

The grant will help construct a third new field at Faulkner Park for the Rose Country Girls Softball Association.

Crews were at work on the field Wednesday afternoon. Two other fields were completed through donations.

The girls were playing at Fun Forest Park in Tyler, but wanted to move because of crime in the area.  

"$100,000 is not that easy to get and it's just phenomenal that they picked the city of Tyler,"RCGSA president Anthong Springer said.  "It says alot for the city of Tyler. They came out and they toured where we were at before and where we were wanting to go and together that was part of a big decision on what they thought we could do with growing the sport."

With excitement over the new playing fields, the enrollment has sky rocketed. Two weeks into registration, 160 girls have signed with the association, compared to 25 this time last year.

Rose Country Girl's Softball Association is accepting online registration for the Spring Season or you can register at Faulkner Park on Saturday, Feb 28th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.