For the first eight seasons Eric Lawrencecoached baseball at North Cross, he had to drive his players to Penn Forest Elementary School in order to practice each afternoon. This also meant that they had to travel in order to play their opponents. Fortunately, two things happened. First, the Capital Campaign deemed that a baseball field be developed on campus. Second, Bittle Porterfield III, loved baseball and wanted to help make the dream of a home field advantage a reality. Bittle served on the North Cross Board of Trustees for 24 years, including serving as Chairman of the Board.
During the fall of 2001, the field was constructed and it seemed at times that Coach Lawrence was building the field with his own two hands—digging, raking, and sowing grass nearly every day. By March, 2002 the grass was in and the field was ready. The inaugural season (click photo above to view a larger image) featured (back row) Assistant Coach John Duckworth, Adam Stephenson ’02, Assistant Coach Kevin Yeager, David Mason ’03, Josh Fleisher ’04, Tim Flanigan ’02, Cody Scott ’02, Patrick Arbo ’02, Assistant Coach Bill Andrews, and Coach Eric Lawrence, (front row) Brandon Kirtley ’03, Scott Stephenson ’04, Alex Duckworth ’05, Long Nguyen ’03, Jonathan Edwards ’05, Thomas Wright ’05, Chase Morrison ’05, and Wes Dickerson ’05. Bat boys that season were Eric’s son, Sam Lawrence ’12, andConnor Walters ’12.