Webutuck Little League to ‘play ball,’ with opening day on April 23
AMENIA — With spring now underway and baseball season on the horizon, the Amenia Town Board approved a service agreement with Webutuck Little League on Thursday, April 7, in order for the Webutuck Little League to provide baseball programs for the community’s children this season.
Prior to the agreement’s approval, Amenia’s baseball program was composed of players from the town of Amenia, while in the village of Millerton just 14 miles north, the Millerton Youth Baseball program was composed of players from the village of Millerton and the town of North East in which the village lies.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Amiee Duncan, treasurer of the Amenia Baseball program, said it was anticipated that due to low enrollment, the Amenia baseball program would have to have to merge with another program to keep going.
This past February, Duncan said representatives from Millerton Youth Baseball approached the Amenia Recreation Department to discuss combining the Amenia and Millerton programs into one, calling it the Webutuck Little League.
Around the beginning of March, the Webutuck Little League became a sanctioned Little League program.
Available to any child in the North East (Webutuck) Central School District who would like to play baseball, Duncan said Webutuck Little League has b een working on player tryout assessments; it had 71 children sign up at last count.
The Webutuck Little League was on the Amenia Town Board’s agenda at its April 7 board meeting. Town Supervisor Victoria Perotti said she, in consultation with Amenia Recreation Supervisor Kelly Milano, negotiated the terms of a proposed service agreement with the Webutuck Little League that evening.
The town agreed to pay $3,500 to the Webutuck Little League to provide baseball programs for local children for this season.
Answering Councilman Brad Rebillard’s question about the concession stand at Beekman Park in Amenia, Perotti confirmed that Webutuck Little League will be responsible for the stand’s maintenance and cleanliness.
Without any further questions, the board unanimously voted in favor of allowing the Little League team to play ball.
It will do so on Opening Day, this Saturday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Beekman Park, located at 5270 Route 44.