4 in 24 Renovation Recap!

The rain may have created a roadblock in completing the ‘4 in 24′ field renovations, but at the end of the day, four youth baseball fields had their fields renovated thanks to the support of BlueShield of Northeastern New York, league and city volunteers, Turface Athletics and Admar Supply Company.

It was a total team effort to revamp the ball fields at National Little League of Albany, Green Island Little League, Hudson Valley Little League in Ravena and Menands Junior Baseball. They all had their pitcher’s mound and home plate areas rebuilt, new sod placed on the infield, base paths straightened and new bases put in.

The ValleyCats front office staff was divided into four teams, and along with volunteers, began work at 8am on Sunday tearing up the old infield sod.

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Old sod being cut out and taken away at the Menands Junior Baseball field.

Old sod all removed from Hudson Valley Little League in Ravena.

Old sod all removed from Hudson Valley Little League in Ravena.

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New sod being laid at Hudson Valley Little League in Ravena.

The old pitcher’s mound and home plate were removed, re-measured and replaced with brand new ones:

Rebuilding the mound at Hudson Valley LL.

Rebuilding the mound at Hudson Valley LL.

Brand new plate.

Brand new plate.

The base paths were then measured to the correct specs and new bases were put in.

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All of the sod lining the base paths, home plate and the pitcher’s mound was cut squarely.

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National Little League of Albany completed base paths

Now for the before/after photos!

National Little League before:

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National Little League after:

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Before:

Basepaths before

After:

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Green Island Little League before:

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Green Island Little League after:

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Hudson Valley Little League before:

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After:

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Before:

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After:

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Menands Junior Baseball before:

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After:

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Before:

1st baseline before

After:

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More photos of the renovations:

Tearing old sod

Sod in Albany had to be removed with heavy machinery due to the mud and weeds.

SouthPaw working

SouthPaw put in some time as well!

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Menands Junior Baseball field

Coffee kept everyone going!

Coffee kept everyone going!

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The crew at Hudson Valley!

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National Little League, Albany.

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Thank you to all the media who covered the ‘4 in 24’! We’re glad the Capital Region community was able to see the great things going on at these local fields! It’s all about the kids!

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When it was all said and done 11 1/2 hours from when the project began, everyone was exhausted! But the entire project was worth it, and we look forward to seeing all the smiling faces on the kids when they have their Opening Day!

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‘Cats Care!

1 Comment

All involved should be very proud of their contributions. ValleyCat organization walks the walk.

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