The Class A Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the Down East Wood Ducks, aren’t just the team leading the Carolina league with a record of 35-17. They also know how to score runs off of the diamond. The players spent the day looking out for the little leaguers, which is where many got their start, including third baseman, Ryan Dorow.
“I mean being a young kid looking up to kids my age when I was that age it’s the same thing. It’s just 20 years down the road so I think it’s good to have them have the experience of us coming in and being on their turf for a little bit,” Dorow said.
Putting down their bats and gloves, the players each picked up tools and helped renovate Fairfield Park in Kinston.
“We are re-doing this Little League field. Painting, weed-whacking and I think getting new dirt and everything involved inside so it’s pretty cool.”
Catcher, Clay Middleton, said ‘if you build it, they will come.’
“If we give back we get more fans. The fans that have been coming to our games it’s unbelievable already, and the more we help out I feel like the more we will get in return. I mean, we couldn’t thank the fans enough already,” Middleton said.
Alexa Kay, Director of marketing for the Wood Ducks, said this is also an opportunity for the players to work together to make Kinston, not just a ‘shortstop’ for their careers, but a ‘home’.
“And it brings people together as a team and I think that’s what baseball is all about,” Kay said.
Corey Povar, Director of Parks and Recreation, said the city thanks to the Wood Ducks and the Rangers for wanting to be a part of the MiLB Project Refresh
“We are a smaller department trying to accomplish a lot, and having help like this just goes a long way for us,” Povar said.
Although the players will move on, this will stay with Kinston Little Leaguers ‘For-e-ver.’