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Inlet baseball field to expand

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - Updated: 5:33 PM

By MARY MARLEAU, president

Inlet Youth Commission

INLET - As usual, the advent of spring turns Inlet Youth Commission's thoughts to good weather and, of course, baseball.

The Old Forge team in the Boonville spring baseball league has asked to designate the Youth Commission's baseball field in Arrowhead Park as its home field. Plans are in the works to convert the 40- by 60-foot field to 50 by 70 feet (the first number refers to the pitcher's mound, the second to the baseline.)

The conversion had already been planned for the summer, but now it will be moved up to as soon as possible.

The spring league will involve players through age 13. Coach Jason Perkins has also asked for permission to sell ad space on the field's home run fence to help finance the season. These ads will appear only during the spring league.

As far as the summer Little League program is concerned, there has been an age change. In the past, ages 8-10 have been considered part of the minors and 11-12 were part of the majors. This year players who are 13 will also be considered part of the majors, rather than Babe Ruth level, thus the change in field dimensions.

THE SUMMER PROGRAM

The Youth Commission's summer program for residents and visitors will begin June 24 this year. Activities will include baseball, tennis and swimming.

In addition, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake will be offering weekly sessions in Coach's Cabin. Some of last year's instructors have asked to return this summer, but the full staff has not yet been established.

The summer program is free to children of Town of Inlet taxpayers. All others must pay a fee of $35 per family. The fees for the ALCA sessions have not yet been set.

     

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