It's that time again...Our Feature of the Week! It comes out of Easthampton, where little league and softball teams are enjoying Wilby Field a little more now that they have a brand new scoreboard to show off.
It was actually donated by a family in town, who tells Western Mass News it falls right into their 'give back' to the community philosophy.
It's something so small, but that has big benefits.
Scoreboards come in many shapes and sizes, across dozens of different sports...But there's something about this scoreboard right here, donated by a family in town, that serves as a symbol for sports success to come.
"This is our future. These children that are playing on the field, it's our customer's future, but it's also the future of Easthampton," explains Nicky and Betty Duprey, local business owners.
That future looks bright...Very bright, especially now that Wilby field, which makes it's home in Nonotuck Park in Easthampton, is equipped with a brand new scoreboard for little league and varsity softball games.
It's thanks to the Duprey's who own Nicky D's auto shop in Easthampton.
The field was renovated more than a decade ago, but it lacked any scoreboard, so town fire chief and JV coach, David Mottor set out to raise money...Nicky D's was his one and only stop.
"From a fundraising point of view, it was a godsend, and we were able to get the scoreboard installed and operational in record time, because of their generosity," David told us.
$5,000 and three weeks later, the board was up! It made its debut at the Eagles varsity softball season opener in April, a ceremony held not only for the board, but for the late Barry Wilby, an ambassador for softball in town for decades.
Wilby passed away in 2016, just 67-years-old. Between his playing, coaching and time as an umpire, his impact was nothing short of spectacular. The scoreboard also bears his name.
"They see Wilby Field, they ask who he was..." says David, "So Barry's legacy gets to live on because of something as simple as a scoreboard."
Coach Mottor tells Western Mass News parents and players love it. They can see the score as the game goes on, and parents can show up anytime and follow along.
As for the Duprey's, well they are doing what they do best...Giving back to the community.
"Anything that involves children, we get involved in, and if we're presented with it, we will do everything that we can to help with it," Betty tells us.
Coach Mottor is working to get scoreboards at other fields in the park. Now thanks to donors in town...one other has been installed on Sheehan Field and two others are in the process of getting done.
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