MARSHFIELD (WAOW) – The man who started Marshfield Sandlot Baseball is recognized with a Jefferson Award.
“We are an instructional league in fielding, hitting and base running,” Sandlot creator Randy Montalvo said.
Randy Montalvo started the program in 2009 to give baseball players not selected for tournament teams– a way to play the game.
“We started with 45 kids in Marshfield and it started to grow,” explained Montalvo. “There are now 200 kids in summer programs and 150 in the winter.”
Over the past decade the facilities have improved.
There is a new baseball diamond and indoor training facility.
But the focus remains the same: Have fun playing baseball.
Parents say it also helps players sharpen their skills.
“It has definitely taught my son to work as part of a team and cheer them on,” parent Cathy Est said.
The players say the volunteer coaches and their teammates become like family.
“I like the connections and how fun it is,” said Chase Robinson.
Montalvo grew up in Hawaii and played baseball in high school, college and semi-pro leagues.
An injury ended his playing days but not his passion for the game.
“I wanted to give that back ,” Montalvo said. “And provide opportunity for others that follow.”