The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., has bought portable pitching mounds from a Delaware County company.
Sportsfield Specialties Inc. of Delhi manufactures the PortaPitch portable pitching mounds, which match the 18-foot diameter of an official major league mound and its 10-inch height. When assembled, the mounds have clay-filled center sections and official pitching rubbers to give them the feel of a permanent clay mound.
The SSI PortaPitch units will be utilized whenever the Orlando facility’s multipurpose grass fields are configured for baseball. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex annually hosts thousands of baseball players for tournaments and training sessions.
“We are extremely pleased that the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has chosen our PortaPitch for its multi-sport fields,” SSI President Wayne Oliver said in a media release. “It was designed and constructed for heavy-duty use, so this will be a great opportunity to demonstrate its durability and realistic playability to players and their coaches.”
Sportsfield Specialties also makes foul poles, backstop netting systems, batting tunnels, dugouts, benches, and bat and helmet storage units for baseball, along with a range of equipment for other sports. It manufactured the goalposts at MetLife Stadium, home to the National Football League’s New York Giants and Jets.
Bike shop grand opening
Otsego Bicycles, Oneonta’s newest full-service bicycle store, will hold a grand-opening event at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The new shop is an authorized dealer for the full line of Specialized bicycles, accessories and clothing. It also will service all bicycles, as well perform ski and snowboard tuning, owner Ed Lorenz said.
The store is at 74 Water St., Oneonta, the same location as the bicycle department of the former Sport Tech. Store hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.otsegobicycles.com, to the shop’s Facebook page or call (607) 432-1731.