Rain doesn’t damper ‘Cats ‘4 in 24’ plans, work scheduled Sunday

Our 3rd Annual ‘4 in 24’ Youth Field Renovation Project is taking place this Sunday at National Little League of Albany, Green Island Little League, Menands Junior Baseball/Softball League and Hudson Valley Little League in Ravena.

Each of those four fields will be renovated in under 24 hours, seeing their pitcher’s mound and homeplate areas rebuilt, new sod being placed in the infield, new bases and more!

All the renovations were originally scheduled for Friday, but of course weather had to throw us a curveball! The good thing is, we are used to that.

On Wednesday and Friday we were able to get some work done in advance of Sunday. We rebuilt the mound and homeplate areas at the Menands Junior Baseball field and at National Little League. (With pop-up tents shielding the rain and sleet.)

Here are some photos:

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National Little League of Albany (Albany’s original Little League).

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Menands Junior Baseball

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Making sure the measurements are correct at Menands.

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The pop-up tents were key!

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Our brand new Community Grounds Crew Ford pickup truck! BlueShield of Northeastern New York a huge key to our success!

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Preparing to put in a new pitching rubber at Menands.

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SouthPaw loves our new ‘Cats Care trailer!

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The full rig! Now you can’ t miss us when we’re out in the community. Don’t forget to honk and say hello!

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YNN’s Megan Cruz talking with Assistant General Manager Matt Callahan, explaining the process of rebuilding the pitcher’s mound at National Little League in Albany.

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Megan Cruz interviewing Bryan Viggiani, National LL President.

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Working on putting in a new homeplate at National LL.

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Clay bricks are placed under the plate to give it a solid foundation.

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Clay also around the sides.

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ValleyCats groundskeeper Eric Westervelt helping to measure the distance from the plate to first base.

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Admar Supply Company has graciously donated equipment to be used during these renovations!

None of these renovations would be possible without the support of BlueShield of Northeastern New York. They have been an outstanding partner, and hold the same values as us when it comes to helping out the local youth. With their help, we look forward to a long future of assisting youth baseball/softball leagues throughout the Capital Region.

Although we were only able to select four fields for the ‘4 in 24’, we truly appreciate all of the leagues who sent in applications. In a matter of time, we hope to one day be able to assist each league in the Capital Region. Unfortunately we can’t do it all in one year, so please keep the applications coming.

The Community Grounds Crew Program will accept applications throughout the spring and summer, and we will try as best we can to help as many leagues as possible.

Click here to apply>>

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