2017-04-26 / Sports

‘Put Me In, Coach!’ Little Leaguers Ready to Play

By Virginia Califano


Above: The Major level Mets, sponsored by the PCNR, take the field. Below left: Local scouts proudly display the flags during Opening Day. Below right: the new scoreboard was ready for action! It was donated by the Higgbee Family. A host of tradespeople assisted the switch, including John Van Tassel of JVT Construction, who helped remove the old scoreboard; Pidala Electric, who did all of the wiring; Tino Yannetelli Steel Fabricators, who provided the crane equipment; Mike Monteleone of Monteleone Construction, who assisted with all steps; and Lee Erickson of LGE Woodworking and Erickson Bros. Well service, who oversaw the entire process. 
Photos Provided Above: The Major level Mets, sponsored by the PCNR, take the field. Below left: Local scouts proudly display the flags during Opening Day. Below right: the new scoreboard was ready for action! It was donated by the Higgbee Family. A host of tradespeople assisted the switch, including John Van Tassel of JVT Construction, who helped remove the old scoreboard; Pidala Electric, who did all of the wiring; Tino Yannetelli Steel Fabricators, who provided the crane equipment; Mike Monteleone of Monteleone Construction, who assisted with all steps; and Lee Erickson of LGE Woodworking and Erickson Bros. Well service, who oversaw the entire process. Photos Provided America’s favorite pastime has begun in Philipstown once again, as Little League held Opening Day on Saturday at the North Highlands field, which is sporting a brand new scoreboard.

There are 118 young ballplayers enrolled in this year’s Little League season. Saturday morning saw team introductions, as players sporting their Philipstown uniforms and MLB team hats gathered around the diamond before the first pitch was thrown.

The new scoreboard at the field was purchased by the Higgbee family. It was a full team effort to get it up and running. John Van Tassel of JVT Construction removed the old scoreboard. Pidala Electric did all of the wiring. Tino Yannetelli Steel Fabricators provided the crane equipment. Mike Monteleone of Monteleone Construction was on hand to assist, along with Lee Erickson of LGE Woodworking (cabinetry) and Erickson Bros. Well Service.

The field’s new addition showed off in bright numbers the close scores of all the Opening Day matchups. Little League President David McCarthy was pleased with the early showings of his teams. “What a great start to the season. From what I saw the games were all very close, well played and most importantly the kids had fun.”


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