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Two fields receive rapid makeover

Work began in the pre-dawn hours at Westland Hills and Ballston Spa and was finished in the afternoon. Northside and Scotia-Glenville were the last two stops, with work beginning in the afternoon and carrying well into the evening.

Hastey and Gatta both said the renovations would not have taken place as quickly as they were done had it been up to their respective leagues to pay for the work.

"We knew there were problems that needed to be fixed, but we didn't have the money or the knowledge to fix them," said Hastey.

"We probably could have done it ourselves. It just would have taken a few years to raise the money ourselves," said Gatta.

The sod used for the infields at the four youth baseball fields were the same professional grade used at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, the home field for the ValleyCats. The pitcher's mounds were also raised to professional standards.

"It's going to be like walking into Yankee Stadium [for the kids]," said Hastey. "In all senses, it's a professional playing field."

Ballston Spa's primary field received the pro treatment, while Scotia-Glenville chose its secondary field to be made over.

"The reason why we wanted to do that field is it gets used by the Triple-A level [teams], and they deserve a good field," said Gatta.

The renovations at Scotia-Glenville won't end with the new infield. The league received donations to build a fence around the field and install a scoreboard. The field will then be dedicated to Dick Fyvie, a long-time Scotia police officer who also was a coach and an umpire in the local little league before he died in 2006.

"You try to [raise] as much [money] as you can to get things done," said Gatta.""

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