continued “It’s an honor just to be out here with these kids,” added Purritano, whose father graduated from Shaker High School in 1976. “Just to see the looks on their faces and how much they enjoy being out here, it’s a blessing for me to be part of it.”
Saturday morning’s games were part of a two-day event for North Colonie Challenger Baseball and the Dutchmen. The night before, Challenger players went to the Dutchmen’s home game against Mohawk Valley and accompanied the starters as they were introduced to the crowd.
Baseball isn’t the only sport offered through the North Colonie Challenger program. The kids also play soccer, basketball and bowling throughout the year, often accompanied by Shaker High School student-athletes.
“Without the support of the players from the teams around, we wouldn’t have a program,” said Wrieden. “Our players and our parents our so excited and thankful every week when our buddies show up.”