CBSA warms up for new season

Caz Baseball and Softball Association readies for 2013

— The Cazenovia Baseball and Softball Association held its annual meeting on Dec. 16 at the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia. During the meeting, the group voted in new Board of Directors President Sherry Kellish, Vice President Brian Sparks and Secretary Teresa Marris.

The 2012 year concludes the eight-year term of President Terry Damon. Along with past presidents Roger Cook and Bob Butterworth, board members, directors, coaches, assistant coaches and countless volunteers, Damon was instrumental in evolving the CBSA to what it is today.

A 501 c-3 not-for-profit organization, the CBSA supports more than 300 student athletes from ages 5 to 19.

On a yearly basis, at least nine levels of play are run by the association, including rookies, ponies, minors, majors, diamond pioneer, babe ruth, connie mack and girls softball bantams and Intermediates.

Unlike other area associations, the CBSA does not receive any municipal recreation funding and survives wholly on registration fees and community donations.

Thanks to the generosity of Critz Farms and the annual Haunted Barn fundraiser, along with the raffle ticket fundraiser, the association is able to make improvements to the programs and facilities every year. The major project in 2012 was the reconstruction of the infields at the Burton Street Fields, which included the removal of the grass in the infield areas of both fields, as well as the installation of new drainage systems, the installation of sand/stone dust, new pitchers mounds and new bases.

CBSA representatives said they are especially thankful to Cunningham Excavation for their donation of labor and equipment, as without their donation this project would not have been possible.

CBSA members said they look forward to supporting more young baseball and softball players in 2013 and wish to send a sincere “thank you” to the entire community for their ongoing support of the association.

To learn more, or to get invloved with the CBSA, visit cazbaseballsoftball.org or facebook.com/cazbaseballsoftball.

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