By Janee Law
Northport High School’s baseball field has gotten a $9,000 upgrade thanks to a donation from the Ronkonkoma-based Boys of Summer Baseball League Inc.
Since the Boys of Summer use the field for their league season, which is from June to August, the donation was a way for the league to say thank you, said Robert Banzer, superintendent of the Northport School District.
“It’s a win-win for both the league and for us,” Banzer said. “They’re appreciative of what we’ve allowed and we’re certainly appreciative of this opportunity to upgrade.”
After board members unanimously approved the resolution to accept the donation at the board of education meeting on Oct. 22, Boys of Summer made haste to get the project done. It appointed K&K Landscaping of Ronkonkoma to be in charge of the project. Reconstruction began on Oct. 31 and was completed on Nov. 1.
Upgrades to the field included a new infield that was stripped, clayed and replaced with a new sod, and an irrigation system that runs off the existing water line near the third base dugout.
“Come the spring season, when our varsity and JV baseball teams are ready to start in March, it’ll be ready,” said Paul Klimuszko, athletic director for the Northport School District.
The area is currently fenced off to protect the field.
“We’re just glad that we’re able to partner with them and really create a better opportunity for our athletes, but also our community that uses the field outside of the high school season,” Banzer said.
Along with Northport, Boys of Summer has also partnered with other schools and had renovations done at East Islip High School, Suffolk Community College in Brentwood and Connetquot High School.
“It’s just one more example of the school and the community just partnering together to benefit each other,” Banzer said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity [and] it’s nice to see that mutual support.”