Broncos unveil field upgrades

Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita speaks at Lower Scout Field prior to Bronxville’s May 3 contest against Eastchester. A pregame ceremony was held to celebrate the culmination of a major field renovation.

Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita speaks at Lower Scout Field prior to Bronxville’s May 3 contest against Eastchester. A pregame ceremony was held to celebrate the culmination of a major field renovation.

By MIKE SMITH
On May 3, the renovations to Bronxville’s Lower Scout Field were officially unveiled, as legislators and fans took part in a dedication ceremony prior to the Broncos’ home contest against rival Eastchester.

Although the Eagles came away with a win, the day still belonged to Bronxville, whose new field should serve generations of ballplayers to come.

According to Broncos coach Anthony Vaglica, talks of field renovations began in earnest in 2012 after rainfall jeopardized Bronxville’s chance to host a first-round sectional contest against Hastings. After two straight days of rain, Vaglica turned up to the field early on the day of the game, eager to make it playable, when he found that others in the community–from teachers to parents–also came out to help him and assistant coach Mike Sabbatello with the work.

Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, center, and Broncos Athletic Director Karen Peterson share the podium at a pregame ceremony at Lower Scout Field on May 3. Westchester County Legislator Sheila Macotte looks on.

Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, center, and Broncos Athletic Director Karen Peterson share the podium at a pregame ceremony at Lower Scout Field on May 3. Westchester County Legislator Sheila Macotte looks on.

“It seemed like the whole town had rallied around the program,” Vaglica said. “I think that was the point where it spearheaded the notion that we had to do something to fix the field.”

Vaglica heaped praise on Bronxville’s athletic director, Karen Peterson, whom he said was a great ally during the process.

“She’s been with us the whole way,” Vaglica said. “Anything we’ve needed, she’s made sure that we’ve gotten.”

 

 

 

Over the last two years, the Bronxville community worked alongside elected officials to raise funds for the renovations, which included new dugouts, a permanent fence, a scoreboard and, most importantly, a new drainage system and infield.

Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita throws out the first pitch before a game between Eastchester and Bronxville on May 3.

Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita throws out the first pitch before a game between Eastchester and Bronxville on May 3.

“It was a great opportunity to provide something for the kids in our community,” said Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita at the ceremony. “And it’s all about you guys; that’s what we’re doing this for.”

Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett was on-hand for the affair and praised the collaboration between private citizens and the local government for their work in making the field renovations possible.

“We were so pleased to be part of the municipal-public partnership along with all the familes and private supporters to make this field a reality,” Plunkett said. “This field is no longer a dream, it has come
to pass.”

While renovations for Scout Field are far from over–the town plans to re-do Upper Scout thanks in part to $500,000 in grant money it received from the county–Vaglica said the baseball field will serve as a reminder to just how much can be accomplished with dedication and community involvement.

“The players I have now, they remember what this field was and what it is now,” the head coach said. “This truly was a group effort from the parents to the community. It shows how great and how caring the community truly is.”

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Baseball teams from Eastchester and Bronxville look on during the May 3 pregame ceremony.  Photos/Mike Smith

Baseball teams from Eastchester and Bronxville look on during the May 3 pregame ceremony.
Photos/Mike Smith

 

 
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Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.