Among the renovations to the facilities were a re-graded infield and outfield on a 60-foot Little League diamond, new infield and outfield sod, new plumbing, electrical upgrades, new outfield fencing, a new backstop, an upgraded drainage system and new dugouts."It looks great, I like it -- it's good for the kids to be able to come out and play ball, have a little fun," said Eric Barron, 16, who plays on a Duquesne Pony League team and has played baseball in the area since he was 5 years old. "It means a lot. The kids, they needed something. Before, it was a little swamp, and now they've got a brand new field to play on." A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by 95-year-old resident and Duquesne youth supporter affectionately known to youngsters and adults as "Mrs. Simmons." The kids were excited to get the festivities started and get onto the field to play. Games were scheduled throughout the afternoon to celebrate the upgraded facilities. "It's a great project that they did -- we really needed this in Duquesne. Baseball's been back here for five years. For a [while], it diminished," said John Mahone, who coaches and helps officiate games for 13- to 14-year-old Duquesne Pony teams. "They gave us the grant money to do [the renovation], and it turned out beautiful. I'm just as excited as the kids, because I'm going to umpire the first game."
Christie Cowles is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.