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Two fields receive rapid makeover

The rolls of new sod were lined up along the first and third base lines at Scotia's Collins Park last Friday, waiting for the old sod to be torn out by the bulldozer parked a short distance away.

The professional-grade sod was provided courtesy of the Tri-City ValleyCats, who were also sending a team of experts to help Scotia Little League volunteers install the new infield on Field No. 6 as part of the New York-Penn League team's 4 in 24 field renovation project.

"The nice part is that we get to watch them and see how they groom the field, and we learn from that and do the same things," said Scotia-Glenville Little League president Joe Gatta.

Further north up Route 50, Ballston Spa Junior Baseball was abuzz with action as one of its fields was going through the renovation process, which involved replacing the existing infield and pitcher's mound, as well as a fresh coat of paint on the central concession stand.

"Having the Tri-City ValleyCats doing this is huge," said Ballston Spa Junior Baseball president Neal Hastey. "It's fantastic to give the kids a professional playing surface."

Ballston Spa Junior Baseball and Scotia-Glenville Little League " along with Westland Hills in Albany and Northside Little League in Schenectady " were chosen from more than 40 youth baseball organizations to receive the rapid makeover courtesy of the ValleyCats and their sponsors: Price Chopper, Friendly's, CDTA and The Brickman Group.

"We realize that there are a lot of little leagues that need our help," said Keith Sweeney, stadium operations manager for the ValleyCats.

Hastey said he was surprised that Ballston Spa Junior Baseball was one of the fields that was chosen.

"We were shocked, happy and surprised," said Hastey. "It was one of those things where we never expected it, but we hoped."

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