Pulaski's Calfee Park under renovations for upcoming season

PULASKI, Va. (WDBJ) -- The lineup cards might still be blank, but there's plenty of action to be had at Calfee Park leading up to first pitch.

"I just want there to be baseball at the ballpark," said Betsy Haugh.

Nobody's more ready than Haugh, who was named general manager of the Pulaski Yankees in August.

She said upgrades like a new three-tiered left field party deck will enhance the fan experience in 2019.

"That party deck gives us a social area for fans to gather, have a beer, play some cornhole, whatever it might be out there," Haugh said. "And it's a trend that you see going into a lot of ballparks, whether at the minor league or major league level, these days to really have those experiential and social areas."

Other improvements include the addition of 350 new seats, a new accessible concourse and a walk-in souvenir store.

The Yankees also plan to highlight a different area non-profit organization at each home game.

"Everything that we do, we do with an eye on how it can impact the community and the folks that live in the area," Haugh said.

The past year has been a special one for Haugh. Besides being named general manager, she was also the 2018 recipient of the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award.

"Certainly wasn't expecting that, but I look at it as a way to really reflect on my time in baseball and how I can now help other women in the industry," she said. "Minor League Baseball puts a big emphasis on women working in baseball and, obviously, we have a good history of that here in Pulaski."

Haugh said the renovations, which will be ready for Opening Night on June 21, have a little something for everyone.

"Whether that's a little kid coming out for the first time or a season ticket holder that's been here for years, whoever comes to the ballpark, we want them to leave with a smile on their face, hoping that they can come back the next night and enjoy it all the same," she said.