It was a beautiful day for high school baseball in Bay Village last Saturday.
The Bay Rockets Varsity and JV teams played on new home fields against Avon Lake. The games followed a field dedication and 60th anniversary commemoration ceremony of Bay Men’s Baseball.
“We are really celebrating two milestones today,” said Stewart Watterson, Director of Bay Men’s Club Baseball. “One is the recognition of the 60th Anniversary of Bay Men’s Baseball. The second is the rededication of the Bay High Baseball Facilities.”
Bay Men’s Club Baseball is a volunteer group which has been organizing the City’s recreational baseball leagues for boys 7-18 yrs. since 1954. The program has stayed true to goal of “every kid who wanted to play ball was given the chance.” It has never turned a boy away for lack of fees or equipment. These are always provided when needed by the families of our community. Several noteworthy volunteers were in attendance, including Joe O’Connor and Dick Majewski. Some of the volunteers have served Bay Men’s Club Baseball for 30-plus years!
On the high school front, The Bay Village School Administration, Bay Rockets Boosters, Parents, and Bay Men’s Baseball have banded together to make an investment to significantly upgrade the district’s baseball facilities. Over the past three years, field surface, drainage, irrigation, fencing, scoreboard, dugouts, bleachers have all been replaced or renovated. Thanks to community organizations and Bay Village residents, additions include a new batting cage facility, pitching machines, batting practices screens, and outfield screening. “We see this as lasting memorial to our community’s commitment to our children’s development as young adults and through their athletic pursuits,” said Watterson.
Supt. of Schools Clint Keener, Acting Mayor Gary Ebert and City Councilman Dwight Clark were on hand to express the sincere appreciation the city and schools have for those who have made this project happen.
Additional event festivities included an open grill. Food, beverages, desserts and staff were provided by A Luncheon Time Catering in Dover Junction. Raffle baskets were provided by Geppetto’s Pizza and Ribs, Optical Showcase, Minnotti’s, DimePiece Fitness, Java Bay, Bay Barber Shop, Subway, Vivid Jewelers, Arthur’s Shoe Tree, Bay Lanes, Nirvana’s Pizza, MoJo’s and Dr. Thomas Kelly’s Eye Care.
90 per cent of the boys playing baseball at Bay High School today started their baseball career in Bay Men’s Club Baseball.