Although Cooperstown Youth Baseball held opening day at its new Hartwick location last year, this year felt different.
This year the journey from Cooperstown to Hartwick is almost complete and the fields are in play.
CYB President Michelle Dibble saluted the family of Laverne W. “Beanie” Ainsley as she announced the field would see play shortly.
“As you can see, ‘Beanie’ Ainsley Field has been resurrected,” she said. “It is alive and well and will host a game this afternoon.”
First pitches were thrown out by David Borgstrom and Hank Loeffler.
According to Dibble, it was Borgstrom, the previous CYB president, who led the movement to build a softball field, and to find the league a permanent home after the “Beanie” Ainsley Field in Cooperstown was torn down for the Gateway Project.
“He had a dream and a vision to find a field of dreams for our children. In 2010, when we became homeless, David never gave up on his original vision,” she said.
Loeffler has been working on the new concession stand with his son, Tres, and threw the first pitch to his grandson, Henry. According to Dibble, the concession stand is almost finished.