Game was originally scheduled for May 27 but was rained out
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 28, 2014) – The inaugural game of the Blackstone Baseball Fields and the final game of the Palmetto Little League’s spring season will be Monday, June 2. The dedication ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m., sharp and the First Pitch will be delivered at 7 p.m.
The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 27 but it was rained out.
The game will feature two north Manatee little league teams playing the first ever game on Manatee County’s sparkling new Blackstone Baseball Fields.
Manatee County Commissioners took on the $3.4 million project in 2012 and fast-tracked work to minimize the time little leaguers had without dedicated fields. Manatee County Property Management oversaw the project which was designed by Stantec and constructed by Mulligan Contractors, Himes Electric and Professional Service Industries.
During the ceremony, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Director Charlie Hunsicker will recognize key contributors to the project, including the City of Palmetto and the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities. The City contributed $800,000; Pirates Charities donated a $75,000 grant. The inaugural game features Palmetto Little League’s Snead Island Boatworks taking on Aldrich Flooring from Buffalo Creek Little League.
“The children of Palmetto have waited a long time for these fields, but I think once they see them and play on them, they’ll decide these professional caliber fields were worth the wait,” Hunsicker said. “They’ve gone from having no fields at all to having the nicest little league fields in all of Manatee County.”
Hunsicker gave special credit to Property Management Director Charlie Bishop, Project Manager Tom Yarger, Recreation Supervisor Marcus Francis and Parks Operations Manager Carmine Demillio who have all worked long hours to ensure the fields are ready in time for the season-ending game.
The new Blackstone Fields include:
· Three lighted little league baseball fields with covered dugouts, and bleachers;
· A concession/restroom/pressbox facility, security lighting at the concession, along the walks to the parking lot and in the parking lot;
· Batting cages;
· Landscaping and irrigation, a stormwater control system and a paved parking lot, including a lighted decorative entrance sign;
· A 50-foot flag pole is also installed at the concession facility.
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