RIDGEFIELD — Darcy and Jim Rourk made a promise about a decade ago, and they’ll finally get to follow through on it this summer.
When Clark County was in the running to bring a minor league baseball team to Vancouver, the Rourks told Clark College President Bob Knight they’d take in a player. That team, which would’ve built a new stadium to also be used by Clark College, never arrived.
A new baseball team will take the field this summer in Ridgefield, and that’s where the Rourks now live. So in the coming days, they’ll open up their home to Joey Martin, a pitcher from Kansas State University.
“We told Bob all those years ago we’d take a player,” Jim Rourk said. “When we heard about the Ridgefield team, we told (City Manager Steve Stuart) we’d take in a player.”
Even better? The Rourks are both Kansas State alumni.
They know Martin will have a busy schedule this summer, but they hope to have some time to show him the natural beauty of the Northwest, especially since he grew up in Texas and now lives in Kansas. Darcy Rourk grew up in Kansas in a large family that loved baseball, and Jim Rourk grew up in Minneapolis going to games with his father to see Mickey Mantle, Warren Spahn and Harmon Killebrew.