By Kassie Parisi
ROUND LAKE — The Round Lake Malta Youth Baseball team is getting a leg up for their season, thanks to an improved field.
The Dominick F. Pasquarell Recreation Field was one of four youth baseball fields in the area that was selected for a 24-hour renovation project by the Tri-City ValleyCats.
The fields that were picked also include the American Little League field in Albany, the Cairo-Durham Little League field, and the Scotia-Glenville Girls Softball field.
Round Lake Malta Youth Baseball serves approximately 140 players ranging in ages 5 to 10 across 12 teams. Portions of the infield were overgrown with weeds, and the mound and home plate areas needed significant renovation work.
By 9 a.m. on April 11, volunteers from the ValleyCats were already at the field working on renovations. Volunteers were working on regrading and re-leveling the field by ripping up the old sod and replacing it
New bases were being installed as well on the field as well.
Jessica Guido, of the ValleyCats, said that the goal was to get the fields looking brand new.
“They’ll be ready by opening day,” she said.
After finishing the work in Round Lake, Guido said that her group would travel to the other renovation sites if the other teams needed their help.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be selected for the ValleyCat’s 4 in 24 Field Renovation project,” said Lori Sievers, president of the baseball league in a statement. “The native soil at our field is particularly challenging to maintain and this overhaul will bring both the financial investment and expertise that we lack to make a lasting improvement to the ball field. The ValleyCat’s commitment to youth baseball programs is truly impressive. You make the kids feel like all-stars when they visit the stadium and I know they are going to feel like they made the big leagues when they step on to their newly renovated field.”
Opening day for the team is on April 28.