ValleyCats renovate Capital Region baseball fields

April 13, 2017 01:45 PM

Four Capital Region communities are getting their baseball fields renovated Thursday. It's part of the Tri-City ValleyCats annual 4-in-24 renovation program that gives facelifts to fields in the Capital Region. This year they were in Glenmont, Colonie, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

This team is taking "up" the field long before any other team will take to the field for the start of the baseball and softball season. 

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Samantha Merry has been involved for 23 years. Her third son is now playing Little League in Rotterdam, which has gone through three mergers. It’s now called R-C Little League, joining with Carman, with 43 total teams. The major field is getting a new infield that is long overdue. That includes fixing the outfield lip where balls can take dangerous hops or kids could twist ankles. They'll add grass and infield mix.

"It's great to see these fields get revived, updated, safe for the kids and we're looking forward to a great season," said Merry, who is the secretary for R-C Little League.

There is also work going on at the Pee Wee field at Cook Park in Colonie where there is poor drainage, holes and uneven ground. The Tri-City ValleyCats annual 4-in-24 renovation program with Hannaford and Blue Shield are also fixing fields in Glenmont and Amsterdam.

Each year, the New York-Penn League's ValleyCats pick four communities to revive, renovate or replace fields that kids will use for games and practice.

"Community and taking care of the customers in the community are one of our priorities as well as servicing them at the store," said Chris Schools with Hannaford.

After all that sod is dug up, the new is coming in. A NewsChannel 13 crew caught workers from Saratoga Sod delivering several pallets that will be used in Rotterdam.

"Like they said, if you build it they will come. That's what this is all about. It's an inspiration. It's fantastic it really is," said Tony Giso, the vice president of R-C Little League.

"We can't play for two weeks, so the kids are very anxious to get out here. They can't practice on this field for now so we've been in different locations around the city and they're very anxious to get started," said Merry.

That field in Rotterdam will be ready for kids April 28.


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