Renovated facilities await Hamilton Fairfield Little League

Ryan Kemp, left, and Nicholas Caudill, right, seniors in the Butler Tech construction technologies program, puts shingles on the roof at the baseball dugouts at Crawford Woods Park along Hancock Avenue in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Ryan Kemp, left, and Nicholas Caudill, right, seniors in the Butler Tech construction technologies program, puts shingles on the roof at the baseball dugouts at Crawford Woods Park along Hancock Avenue in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Opening Day for the Hamilton Fairfield Little League is set for the 2017 season with the festivities set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crawford Woods Park in Hamilton. Players and fans will also be treated to newly renovated fields at the park.

More than two dozen high school teens from Butler Tech’s Construction Technologies and Landscaping Science classes helped renovate the baseball facilities at Crawford Woods Park.

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“Through a partnership with Butler Tech, students in the Construction Technology program at the D. Russel Lee campus in Fairfield Twp. teamed with students from Landscaping Science at the Natural Science Center in Monroe to make major improvements to the league’s ball fields,” said Michael Beauchat of Butler Tech.

Improvements at Crawford Woods include three new dugouts and roof replacement on several existing dugouts according to Butler Tech Construction Technologies Instructor Clem Skinner.

He said a T-ball field was converted into a dirt infield for girls’ softball. As result of the improvements, the league was able to add three new softball teams this year and saw an overall registration increase of 25 percent.

Opening day festivities will include a parade at 9 a.m. on Hancock Avenue with team-decorated pickup trucks. The National Anthem will be performed by Ally Donahue, sister of one of the league’s players.

There will also be a non-perishable food drive to benefit families helped by Hamilton Citizen of the Year Betty Taylor, who has quietly volunteered her time to help elementary school students who struggle with English language proficiency gain new skills and improve in their schoolwork.

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