The Coginchaug Little League Board of Directors would like to thank all of the volunteers who showed up on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th to help with our annual field clean up weekend. There were approximately 50 parent and player volunteers who generously donated their time and part of their weekend to help get all of the little league fields in both Durham and Middlefield ready for the upcoming Spring 2012 season. Tom Wenchell, President of Coginchaug Little League, stated “I don't think I've seen that much work get accomplished in a single day since I've been involved in the league.” In addition to all of the volunteers, several parents donated the use of their trucks, tractors and other heavy equipment to work on larger projects and help make numerous runs to the transfer station.
In total, all eleven little league fields in both Durham and Middlefield were worked on. In Middlefield, all four little league fields were sod cut, raked, dragged, and wind screens were put up. In total, volunteers removed close to 100 tractor buckets full of weeds from the fields at Middlefield. In Durham, the boys farm infield was sod cut, overgrown grass was removed, and 20 yards of clay was spread, raked and dragged. Wind screens were put up on the boys minors and majors fields and all dugouts and pitching bullpens were cleaned. On the girls farm field, the base paths were re-cut. Trees and brush were cut and removed from around the softball batting cages. New bases were installed on both the girls minors and majors softball fields and all fields were tilled and dragged.
The outdated dugouts and fencing on the girls minors softball field were removed and the dugout areas were prepped with stone to make way for new precast dugouts that will be financed entirely by Coginchaug Little League. The Coginchaug Little League Board of Directors voted at their meeting on March 13th to approve the funding of these new dugouts, as the existing dugouts were in poor shape and needed to be replaced. In an effort to raise additional funds to help offset the cost, Coginchaug Little League will be hosting a Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 7-10pm at Esca Restaurant in Middletown. If you are interested in attending this event to help raise money for the girls minors softball field dugouts, please go to our website, www.coginchaugll.org, and click on “2012 Wine Tasting Fundraiser” to buy your tickets.