Renovation Celebration: 4 in 24 Fields Announced
Much time has passed since the idea for ‘4 in 24′ was first put on the table, until last night when the four chosen leagues came together to celebrate the official announcement.
LOCATION: 56 Lawnridge Ave, Albany, NY 12208
TEAMS: 40-44 PLAYERS: 500-600 AGES: 4-16
2011 Opening Day: April 23, 2011
League President: Michael Patnode
Facts: – In operation for over 75 years and serves the inner city boys and girls
– Offers scholarships to those that cannot afford to play
Ballston Spa Jr. Baseball League
LOCATION: Malta Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
TEAMS: 24-26 PLAYERS: N/A AGES: 8-13+
2011 Opening Day: April, 2011
League President: Neal Hastey
Facts: – Relies solely on sponsors and league fees to run program/maintain facilities
– Fields named after Abner Doubleday, who was born in Ballston Spa
Northside Little League
LOCATION: Van Vranken Ave & Vandebogart, Schenectady, NY 12308
TEAMS: 21 PLAYERS: 250+ AGES: 5-12
2011 Opening Day: April 23, 2011
League President: Tony Derenzo
Facts: – Located in a lower income community, it is a safe haven for local children
– Established in 1950’s, league was once a crown jewel with a large
enrollment and several district championships.
Scotia-Glenville Little League
LOCATION: Collins Park, Schonowee Ave, Scotia, NY 12302
TEAMS: N/A PLAYERS: 300 AGES: 5-12
2011 Opening Day: April 25, 2011
League President: Joe Gatta
Facts: – Divisions consist of Majors, AAA, AA, Instructional and T-Ball
– League has about 25 board members volunteering their time to keep the league
The announcement last night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy was made by members of the ValleyCats front office and title sponsor’s Friendly’s, Price Chopper, CDTA and the Brickman Group. Former standout athlete from the Capital Region and current New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco was also in attendance. Most importantly, each league had outstanding representation. League presidents, vice presidents, parents and children all showed up in droves.
Here’s a photo recap of the night:
Photo’s from past field renovation projects lined the countertop along with the ValleyCats championship trophy:
ValleyCats Media Relations Manager Chris Chenes kicked off the announcement by welcoming all in attendance:
Chris then introduced ValleyCats Vice President & General Manager Rick Murphy to make the formal announcement:
Each league brought a number of children, most dressed in their little league uniform shirts & caps:
Stadium Operations Manager Keith Sweeney was next to the podium to outline the strategy on how the four fields will be renovated in a 24-hr span and also what renovations would take place:
To outline what Keith mentioned, here’s how the renovations are going to happen. They will take place beginning the morning of Friday, April 15th and will be completed by Saturday morning April 16th. To begin the process, the ValleyCats will separate their crew into two groups. One will begin in Ballston Spa and one will begin at Westland Hills in Albany. After those fields are completed, all will diverge upon Schenectady and begin work at the Northside and Scotia-Glenville Little League fields. The ‘Cats front office, grounds crew, and many volunteers will work around the clock to get each field completed.
Assemblyman James Tedisco joined us for the announcement and we were very happy to have him. He grew up in the Schenectady area, was a standout basketball player growing up (he joked about just being able to see over the podium, but yes he was a great ballplayer), and he knows how important it is for the youth of the Capital Region to have good facilities to grow up on.
Each of the title sponsors were represented as well, with each saying a few words. First up was Albany Branch Manager for The Brickman Group, Ryan Panarese:
CDTA Director of Marketing, Jonathan Scherzer: