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Board debates baseball league

December 27, 2013
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

MAYFIELD-Two local organizers approached the Mayfield Board of Education Dec. 17 to get approval from the district for the use of its baseball field for a baseball league.

Mayfield Central School Board of Education members heard from Kyle Bonfey and Matt Ellithorpe, organizers who are hoping to put together a local branch of the Adirondack Men's Senior Baseball League.

According to a FAQ Bonfey posted on, the ASMBL is projected to have its inaugural season in the spring/summer of 2014. The season would start in late April and playoffs could run through the end of August.

"The regular season is projected to have six teams, each playing 20 games, followed by a postseason with the four top teams playing best of three series. The games will be Sunday mornings with some weekday games," the FAQ said.

According to Bonfey's release, the projected cost per team is $2,500 to $2,700. A roster, consisting of 15 players, would cost around $200 per player.

"These are strictly operating and national registration costs, nothing more and nothing less," Bonfey said.

Mayfield Superintendent Joseph Natale asked Bonfey and Ellithorpe if the team has had the league insured. Both men said they are in the process of insuring the teams.

Athletic Director Eileen Rovito said while concerns were raised about the overuse of the fields, she said Ellithorpe, who serves as Mayfield's varsity baseball coach, would be able to monitor the field.

"We are kind of feeling the extra TLC the field would be receiving during the summer would actually help our field rather than hurt it," Rovito said.

Bonfey said the games would be scheduled so they would not interject or intrude on school games. Bonfey also told the district the league is not a "beer league," with alcohol forbidden by the league.

Bonfey said games would have free admission.

The board made no descision on the league, but said that they would wait until the league had more information regarding its insurance before they would make their decision.



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