Bakersfield little league plays night game, field lights donated
Field lights were donated by local umpire
Last Updated: 116 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - For the first time in six years, little leagues under the Southwest Bakersfield Baseball club were able to play their first night game, after having field lights donated last week.
The lights were donated by a local retired umpire, Richard Kellenberger, after he noticed how much the team actually needed the lights.
"It's the kids...these kids, they need the lights," said Kellenberger, who's named after the field the team plays at.
Several teams, including the Bakersfield Dirtbags and Bakersfield Bulldogs play at the Aera field. President of the Southwest Bakersfield Baseball club, Darren Billesbach said not having the lights were becoming a problem.
"In the early spring, especially, before the time changed we had to start at like 5 o'clock. A lot of the time we had to quit the game because a lack of light," Billesbach said.
Since the lights were installed last Thursday, the team hopes to be able to hold more tournaments on their home field.
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