MILROY - The first change in years at the Armagh Memorial Field occurred this summer and in the next few years more changes could be on the way.
This summer, a new scoreboard was installed. The new board will give the score by innings plus hits, runs and errors. Thanks to a donation by the Milroy American Legion, the field was able to make the upgrade.
"The scoreboard project was a long ways off," said Ty Snook, president of the Milroy Field committee, "but thanks to the Milroy American Legion, businesses in the community and other members of the community (who gave time to help install the scoreboard), we got it up and running this past summer.
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
The Mifflin County Babe Ruth Baseball League has recently installed a new scoreboard at Armagh Memorial Field in Milroy, mostly paid for by donations from the Milroy American Legion and other area businesses. The field will see postseason play this summer, hosting the District 7 tournaments in all age groups and the state tournament for 14-year-olds.
"Currently we are in a fund raising campaign to rejuvenate the lighting system." Snook said, "And with that in mind, I would like to thank the community and individuals for the help that they have given us and the help that they will give us in the future. This is a project that will help the youth baseball in our area."
The Armagh Memorial Field complex entails a field that is the home of Milroy and Reedsville in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League, along with a softball field and a Little League field
It is also the home of the Mifflin County Babe Ruth All-Stars.
The Milroy field became the home field for the league in 1969.
In 2014, Mifflin County will host all age groups in District 7 competition and also will be the host of a state tournament for 14-year-olds.
Through the years, Mifflin County has hosted 19 partial or full state tournaments.
The Armagh Memorial Field has also played host to two Mid-Atlantic Regionals, most recently in 2004.
Mifflin County has been the host of numerous District 7 competitions and has won 46 titles.
One of the key factors for the Milroy field becoming a regular host on the Babe Ruth circuit is when lights were installed in 1972, allowing for night games to be played.
Snook indicated that he and his committee have future plans for the field.
"Another project that we hope to complete in the near future is updating the state championship board, which is located on the back of the center field press box and can be seen as you enter the complex from Milroy. In the early planning stages is one to get additional flag poles for the state championship flags so they can be flown during the tournaments."
Snook finished by saying, "The field complex has touched the lives of many, many young people in the community and we hope that continues in the years to come."