Tri-City ValleyCats start local ballpark clean-ups in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) –The Tri-City ValleyCats are stepping up to bat, renovating four youth ball fields in less than 24 hours. NEWS10 ABC’s Heather Kovar was at Fourth Street and Campbell Avenue in the Bellevue neighborhood of Schenectady where work began this morning!

Some would call it a diamond in the rough, yet soon to be ready for youth baseball once again.

“I think it needs some work done, but we’re really lucky to have it and that we’re getting it redone by the ValleyCats,” said Preston Durant of Duanseburg.

11-year-old Preston Durant is one of about 40 kids on three teams who’ll play on this field at 4th and Cambell in Schenectady this spring following renovations.

“I like to play baseball. I like running hitting and fielding,” he said.

He pitches and plays shortstop. Upstate Premiere Baseball took over the field which has been vacant for ten years. President Dom Lamorta says they then got word the Tri-City ValleyCats were going to help them out with this volunteer effort.

“This is going to help the kids tremendously they are going to be able to play this spring and into the summer instead of us not getting them out here till the fall,” said Dom LaMorta, President of Upstate Premiere Baseball.

“We are going to put in a new home plate a new pitcher’s mound new baselines new bases really start from scratch to build up the infield surface,” said Chris Chenes, Tri-City ValleyCats Media Relations Manager.

Tri-City ValleyCats media relations manager Chris Chenes says they’re doing the same at three other fields.

“With the main goal of making it safe for play for kids,” said Chris Chenes, Tri-City ValleyCats.

Matt Callahan is the General Manager of the ValleyCats.

“It also encourages kids to come out and be active and get involved and to play sports,” said

The renovations are collaboration with Blue Shield and Hannaford supermarkets.

“We’ve seen over 6 years 24 baseball diamonds transformed which is great and it creates more opportunities for the communities, especially young athletes to get out and get healthy,” said Kyle Rogers, Blue Shield, Manager of Corporate Relations.

“It provides the kids an outlet to get active and be heathy and we’re just really proud to be a part of that,” said Brian Fabre, Hannaford Supermarkets, Community relations specialist.

As for the Tri-City ValleyCats the 15th anniversary season in Troy starts in June.

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