Home-field advantage

President of the Challengers Baseball League Ellen Brown said Dickershaid has done a wonderful job getting the fields ready for the players. Brown started as a volunteer in the league and as a coach 13 years ago, when his daughter started playing in the league.

"He's done a wonderful job and getting these fields for the young kids and the adults," said Brown. "The outpour of the community has been wonderful. Anything we need or anytime we ask for help, they're there for us, no questions asked."

Brown took over for Dickershaid as president of the league when Dickershaid became commissioner early last year. He said he hopes to leave the new fields and the league in the hands of Brown and the league at the end of the year but plans on staying on in an advisory capacity. Brown said she hopes to expand upon the work that Dickershaid has done over the past 21 years.

"I have big shoes to fill," said Brown.

Dickershaid would like to see the fields used not only for the program he has been a part of since 1987, but for anyone interested in playing there.

"There's no reason why the kids and the residents cannot use the park as long as they take care of it," said Dickershaid. "I want to enjoy everything that my wife and I have put together. This has been a dream for me, it really has.""

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