As communities work to restore a sense of normalcy after a year of pandemic, a city seeks to bring back a lost tradition. Little League Baseball.
After the baseball field remained untouched for years, some parts have fallen into disrepair. A local business is helping the community get to the bases for summer fun.
It’s a grand slam for roofing and construction company Aboveboard in central Michigan. They repaired the dugout roofs on Monday morning at the St. Charles ballpark free of charge and donated materials and labor.
“We think it is important that we get back to something normal. Since the children are with the COVID, they really want to get out and we are here to help, ”said Steve Menzel from Aboveboard.
It’s the only park in town and the company has been asked to bid for work.
“Today we’re going to replace all of the shingles on the dugouts. They were in great need. They were in rough shape, ”said Menzel.
St. Charles hasn’t had a minor league in years but this will surely stack the chances for his return.
“There was a time when I remember this park full of cars from front to back, kids playing in the small league, boys playing softball,” said resident Sam Mayer. ”
Aboveboard is also donating a fix for the Saginaw Township Little League field, home of the Sam Merrill Pavilion. When TV5 first met them last year, they lifted the roof and then put a new one down as these shelters were getting a much-needed makeover. Overboard, all 10 shelters on the league’s five baseball fields were repaired, representing an estimated $ 8,000 in parts and labor.
“We do such a job for the children, our community. It is important that children have to be children, ”said Menzel.
The company is more than ready to help the kids and their league, and even plans to sponsor a team or two this season.