View Full Version : Utica Little League

05-17-2005, 10:00 AM
A feel-good story involving the White Sox, to help ease the pain of the three game losing streak...

The Utica baseball field was a sad place at one time, a destroyed place littered with debris after a tornado swept through the town of Utica last year on April 20.

Itís a sad place no longer.

Now itís a brand-new Little League baseball diamond, nice enough to maybe make Chicago White Sox groundskeeper Roger Bossard consider switching jobs.

Nice enough for a few hundred people to gather Saturday to celebrate the opening day of the Utica Little League, something some thought would be impossible after last April.

Nice enough for White Sox players Chris Widger and Cliff Politte to throw out the ceremonial first pitches.

And more than nice enough for Utica resident Ron Renz, the man whose letter-writing efforts led to the White Sox getting involved in the first place.

The field looked nothing like it did one year ago when the White Sox originally came to Utica on June 10, 2004 to hold a training academy for the children and to donate equipment and money.

The diamond has new fencing, dugouts, bleachers and foul poles. It also has a new backstop and a new lighting system. The total cost to fix the entire park the field is located in was between $150,000 and $200,000, according to Utica Little League president Doug Porter.

Linky (http://www.newstrib.com/main.asp?SectionID=90&ArticleID=16978&SubSectionID=333)