Martha’s Vineyard Little League field clean-up

Zack Bresnick hangs one of the banners on the outfield fence at Veira Park. — Photo by Susan Safford

On Saturday, Martha’s Vineyard Little League Field Day, some 70 young baseball players of the Little League Majors and Minors and their parents and coaches, with lots of help from all around the Island, refurbished the Island’s Little League fields: Manter’s Field, West Tisbury, Veira Park, Oak Bluffs, and Nunes Field, Edgartown.

This year ‘s Field Day effort was organized by Nick Bischoff, Martha’s Vineyard Little League field coordinator. Mr. Bischoff remarked, “It takes a village to play Little League baseball in any community, and the Martha’s Vineyard community has really stepped up to support the league.”

Among those contributing to the effort were the Park and Rec departments of Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury and Edgartown. John Keene donated and delivered 40 yards of blue stone dust. Harold Lawrey’s Bobcat Service moved the stone into dump trucks. Dump trucks were provided by Danny Rogers of Russell & Sons, and Larry Schubert, a West Tisbury builder. Chuck Wiley of Vineyard Gardens supplied lime and turf advice. Fred Fournier of Landscope provided equipment to roll the fields and compact the dust.

The West Tisbury Fire Department provided a water truck and watered Manter Field.

This year some 300 youngsters, aged 4 to 12, will be playing the national game on 24 teams in four divisions: major and minor leagues, farm league and T-ball league, all with coaching staffs and umpires.