The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

Cazenovia looking to improve field conditions

- By Oneida Dispatch oneidadisp­atch@medianewsg­

The Cazenovia Baseball Softball Associatio­n is currently seeking donations to improve the community baseball and softball fields.

Youth baseball and softball play a significan­t part in the use of the park, but it also offers skating and hockey, the basketball court, and the playground.

The park is right in the center of the village and accessible to everybody. Therefore, improving the baseball fields will better the overall experience by the players and the families, and other communitie­s that come to play and spectate.

The organizati­on uses the Burton Street fields from April to mid-october each year. The organizati­on typically has 150 to 200 kids playing tee-ball, softball, and baseball.

Currently, both fields have cinder/stone dust infields. Base

ball mix infields are smoother and more uniform and provide consistent footing and ball response. Players have to react differentl­y to ground balls and base running on the cinder/ stone dust. The new infields will allow our young players to feel more comfortabl­e and confident sliding and fielding balls. The current fields are the only youth fields in the area with the cinder/stone dust infield.

Another advantage to this project is that it will allow us to regrade and shape our current infields. This will fill in low areas and help control the runoff of water when fields are wet.

This field improvemen­t project is a combined effort of CBSA and the Village of Cazenovia. In addition to our plans to refinish both infields, the village has already begun increasing the space along the first base path on field 2 to give us more room for spectators. They are also rebuilding the first base dugout on field 2.

Brian Gardner, President of the Cazenovia Baseball Softball Associatio­n, said, “This is a large project that will benefit current and future baseball and softball players and families. We are seeking donations from the community to help fund this project. People can donate on our Gofundme page.”

https://gofund. me/2422b9d5

If you would like to donate, visit their Gofundme page or contact the CBSA via email at cazbasebal­lsoftball@

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