I would like to give John Austin kudos for all his work and hours he has put in to making the Juniata-Brubaker Field the second nicest field in Blair County, behind only Peoples Natural Gas Field.
But now that it is so nice, our Juniata boys have to go to Vets Field to practice and play. It's hard enough these days to get boys out to play, let alone making them travel to another part of town when they have their field right here in Juniata.
It shows how hard it is to get players nowadays as the Kelley Federation is down to seven teams.
The saying goes, "build it, they will come."
Well they built it but they - the Juniata Civics - won't let them come and play in their field. What would Don Beichler have done back in the 1960s and '70s if he was told his Juniata boys couldn't play on the Juniata field?
Keep perspective in LL
On May 12, I was enjoying watching a game of Little League baseball.
There were runners on second and third. The third-base runner headed for home on a batted ball. The catcher got down on his hands and knees and was completely covering the home plate just as the runner from third was making it to the plate.
The runner from third got a foot on the edge of the plate and fell over the catcher, who had dropped the ball. The runner was ruled safe by the umpires.
The catcher was injured slightly, got up and walked back to the dugout. After this all happened, I was sickened to see how many adults yelled names, even to the point of threatening the runner from third.
This is Little League sports. The adults need to grow up. It is a sport, and sometimes a child gets hurt. This happens.
Little League is about fair play and the rules of the game, but the fans of the game need to learn this also.