New baseball field unveiled at Binghamton Boys & Girls Club

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Kids who go to the Binghamton Boys and Girls Club are ready to play ball.

A new baseball field was unveiled at the Club on Wednesday.

It's called "Bluerunners Field," named after the Boys and Girls Club basketball team mascot.

The over $27,000 field was made possible through private donations and funding from the United Way.

United Way Executive Director Robin Alpaugh threw out the first pitch of a 6-inning softball game with club staff, board members and members of Binghamton Police.

Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Marybeth Smith says the kids can now start a league of their own.

"Now, they have a field to play on. Before, they could just run around in the grass. Now, they can be in leagues and get some practice. It's easier for them to practice because many of them don't have transportation to get out to other fields," said Smith.

Kids were also able to get snow cones, hot dogs and burgers for Opening Day.

The Binghamton Fire Department brought a truck to the club for kids to also check out.

The field will also accommodate kickball and t-ball games.

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