Dubble Bubble gum, from Robin Carey’s time spent playing baseball, decorated the teen’s memorial earlier this year at the Les Passmore Centre in Hampton Park, where she played baseball. (Travis Paterson/Black Press)

Dubble Bubble gum, from Robin Carey’s time spent playing baseball, decorated the teen’s memorial earlier this year at the Les Passmore Centre in Hampton Park, where she played baseball. (Travis Paterson/Black Press)

Grandfather asks for field to be renamed to honour fallen ballplayer

13-year-old fastball player Robin Carey passed away in March

Ron Pahl, the grandfather of Robin Carey – the 13-year-old Victoria Fastball Club member who passed away earlier this year, has asked that the southwest field at Centennial Park be renamed to Robin Carey Field.

Pahl made the request to View Royal council as Centennial Field is the Devils’ home ballpark. Carey was a member of the ‘04 Devils team.

“We name all kinds of things after famous people,” he said. “But those who play at Field No. 3 know who Robin Carey is, and can pass remembering her along.”

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He noted Carey spent a lot of time on that field and had excelled in the sport. Even at her young age, she was well known in the fastball community. Pahl added she was “noticed by North Carolina as the girl who could throw you out at second from her knees.”

She had even received future invites to attend softball clinics for scholarship evaluation and had played for Canada during the past two years at the Little League Softball World Series, which is the highest level of play at her age.

Pahl said his granddaughter had the makings of a future Olympian and that was part of the reason he felt compelled to put in the request to council.

Mayor David Screech said council understood why Pahl made the request and appreciated how hard it was for him to make it so soon after losing his granddaughter.

But there is a process the Town has to go through when looking at renaming a municipal asset, and Screech said they will have to take a close look at the criteria.


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