CAIRO — Members of the Cairo-Durham Little League and the Tri-City ValleyCats got their hands dirty on Wednesday, coming together to renovate the showcase field at Angelo Canna Town Park.
The project was part of the eighth annual ValleyCats’ 4 in 24 program where the team helps refurbish four Little League fields in the capital region in 24 hours. Other field included the American Little League in Albany, Scotia-Glenville Girls Softball and Round Lake Malta Youth Baseball.
In Cairo, the crew installed a new automatic sprinkler and irrigation system, ripped out all of the old sod in the infield, leveled the field, installed new bases, a new pitcher’s mound and home plate, and laid down new sod.
“The average field varies in the time that it takes, but we’re ahead of schedule early on,” ValleyCats account executive Adam Migirditch said around 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
The group started work at 7 a.m. and wrapped up near 7 p.m.
“We work until the job is done, but I’m really happy to be in Cairo. This is the nicest anyone from Cairo has treated a Maple Hill kid,” Migirditch said.
While the ValleyCats and the CDLL provided the labor, funds, supplies and sod were donated by Hannaford Supermarkets, BlueShield of Northeastern New York, ADMAR Supply Company, Turface Athletics and BrightView.
“This is just fantastic, words can’t describe it,” CDLL president Jesse Walz said. “It looks like a professional Little League baseball field. For the community, in general, it’s a great thing.”
The next thing on the agenda for the Little League is to install lights for night games.
The CDLL holds 10 teams with approximately 150 athletes ages 4-12.
Little League action kicks off on April 17 with an official opening day being held on May 5.
While the Little League was on the receiving end of a generous donation this week, this weekend the League will be the one giving back to the community.
On Saturday, the League’s annual benefit dinner will be held at Anthony’s Banquet Hall in Leeds. Tickets are $35 for the buffet dinner with proceeds going to Jonathan Mammano and the Mammano family who suffered a tragic loss in a house fire earlier this month.