The former Eastern Carolina Athletic Park, renamed the C35 Sports Complex, on Buck Swamp Road will light up in October for its first baseball series as part of a newly reached agreement with Perfect Game, an elite baseball and softball platform and scouting service.

Jerry Ford, Perfect Game president, announced an agreement that has been reached with former Major League Baseball pitcher Rob Wooten, who purchased the athletic park in Wayne County earlier this year.

The agreement will launch the park into a destination as a regional hub for Perfect Game baseball and softball events, with the first set for Oct. 15 through 17 when Perfect Game will bring its popular 9-13U Coastal World Series to the complex.

“Perfect Game is excited to be joining forces with Rob Wooten, by pairing his passion and love for the games of baseball and softball with Perfect Game’s commitment to providing best-in-class services to youth baseball and softball players and their families,” Ford said. “We look forward to working with Rob to enhance the C35 Sports Complex’s reputation as a state-of-the-art amateur sport and recreation facility.”

Perfect Game runs the Coastal World Series every year as well as several baseball and softball events for kids looking to develop their skills throughout the country.

The matchup with Perfect Game will make the C35 Sports Complex the host site of more than 36 regional baseball and softball events each year, according to the agreement announced by Perfect Game on Monday.

In 2022, the C35 baseball complex will host at least two AA/Minor events and one major event in both baseball and softball every month. Perfect Game will also manage all aspects of the complex, including operations, scheduling, maintenance, merchandising and concessions, under the supervision of Adam Pate, a former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill baseball player and current C35 Sports Complex general manager, and Jeff Hall, Perfect Game region tournament director.

“The C35 Sports Complex is sure to become another jewel in the Perfect Game crown of one-of-a-kind baseball and softball complexes across the country that we select to host our events,” Hall said. “Beginning this October, young Perfect Game athletes and their families will enjoy their time at the C35 Sports Complex, and they will leave with an unforgettable baseball experience and enough memories and friendships to last a lifetime.”

Wooten, co-owner of the C35 Sports Complex with his brother Elliott Barnes, grew up playing baseball at the complex, previously known as the Eastern Carolina Athletic Park.

Wooten played baseball at Charles B. Aycock High and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before being tapped in 2008 to play for the Milwaukee Brewers. His 12-year career included Major League Baseball play with the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds.

Now that Wooten is retired as a player, he has shifted his focus to his nonprofit work with the C35 organization, and his job as a pitching coach for the Chattanooga Lookouts. At C35, Wooten has committed to upgrading the facility in the 60-acre park that has seven athletic fields.

Wooten said the agreement with Perfect Game will help increase the participation at the C35 Sports Complex and help accomplish his goal of getting more kids to participate in the game of baseball.

“I’m confident that Perfect Game is the perfect partner to help raise the visibility and participation levels of our C35 Sports Complex,” Wooten said. “C35 Sports Complex is committed to helping young people fall in love with the great games of baseball and softball, and this partnership with Perfect Game is sure to help us reach more of them.

“Together, we will do our part to help grow the games, and help future generations learn the important life skills that can be acquired on the diamond.”