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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, April 28, 2011

Lush Dutchmen Field finally finished

By Jordan J. Michael

GUILDERLAND –– It took almost 10 years, but there’s now a gem of a ball field buried in the woods of Keenholts Park in Guilderland.

Guilderland Babe Ruth’s new Dutchmen Field opened on April 15 when the Guilderland varsity baseball team took the field for a game under the lights. The Dutchmen got another taste of the lush field last Friday against Shenendehowa during the day.

Spectators and players walk through a line of tall trees to Dutchmen Field to see a giant scoreboard in right center, which displays the scoring line, pitch count, and outs. Behind the fully netted backstop is individual red seating for about 100 fans and a large concession stand/announcing booth.

The grass is forest green and the dugouts are fresh and roomy.

“It’s a beautiful field,” said Guilderland pitcher Vinny Tamburello on Friday. “We’re glad to be here.”

Ed Pierce, who was cleaning up after the game, said that the whole area was wooded at one point. “It’s been a process,” he said. “The concession went up two years ago and the lights and the seats went up last year.”

Tom Hart, president of Guilderland Babe Ruth, and Mark Blaabouer spearheaded the ballpark plans 10 years ago. Many volunteers have given help to build Dutchmen Field.

The Guilderland Babe Ruth season doesn’t start till May, but Pierce said the field is happy to host local high school teams. Voorheesville played a doubleheader at the field last Thursday.

“All the players seem to really like the field,” said Pierce. “It’s a class act.”

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