A worn, overrun baseball field used by the youngest players in the Westchester Little League has received a makeover.

The Westchester Little League captured the West Division grand prize in the national Ace Hardware/Little League “Fields for the Future” contest and is one of only five winners selected from across the country.

The Westchester Little League, nominated by B&B Ace Hardware in Mar Vista, received $2,500 worth of products and a full day’s work from volunteers to help improve the baseball field.

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected by Ace Hardware as one of the ‘Fields for the Future’ contest winners and have the opportunity to upgrade Nielson Field,” Westchester Little League president Todd Smith said. “As with most organized sports, much of our resources go towards our older divisions.

“I believe our younger players deserve just as much as our older ballplayers and this contest win will help us to cultivate these young athletes in our community.”

League officials said the baseball field, which serves six-to-eight-year-old players in the Westchester Little League, has been in dire need of improvements.

The enhancements to the baseball field took place Tuesday, March 21st, and included renovating the dugouts, cutting new base paths, backstop maintenance and planting grass.

National home improvement expert and Ace Hardware’s “Helpful Hardware Man” Lou Manfredini, along with his crew of volunteers, helped beautify the baseball diamond.

“We are thrilled that our own community league was selected as a grand prize winner,” said Andrew Basz, B&B Ace Hardware general store manager.

“I know how much joy this organization brings to young children in our community each year, and we look forward to helping them improve the field,” Basz said.

In October last year, Ace retailers were asked to nominate, in a short essay, a Little League field in their own communities that significantly required improvement work.

Entries were judged by Ace representatives based on the emotional significance of the essay and the field’s contribution to the community. Five fields were selected as regional grand prize winners in the Little League Central, East, South, Southwest and West divisions.

The other four winning leagues are the Rome National Little League in Rome, New York; John Knapp Little League in West Palm Beach, Florida; Beckum-Stapleton Little League in Milwaukee; and Westbury Little League in Houston.

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