Joe Testa and his MVP Baseball organization have rejuvenated the Kingmont baseball field.

“I don’t think any organized ball has been played there since 1994,” said Testa, who has organized a traveling team that is completely separate from Fairmont Little League.

And the field is looking quite good.

“These people have done an enormous amount of work,” Mayor Jack Bish said.

“I can’t help but be so impressed with the volunteers who have been working. It’s not quite finished. ... Maybe two more weeks. But they’ve done a marvelous job.”

Bish said the town has leased the field to Testa’s organization.

In two more weeks, they should have it finished,” the mayor said. “They’ve done a marvelous job.”

“We’re an independent organization and are sanctioned by the USSSA,” Testa explained. “We’re participating in several tournaments this year and will be hosting a couple.”

He said his senior team would be playing a 50-game schedule that includes games in the Southern Division of the Tri-State Palomino League.

“Our high school-age team is for boys 17 years and under. And we have a junior program from kids 13 and 14.”

He said there currently are 14 players on the junior roster and 15 for the high school-aged team.

Among the players on the senior team are Chris Redelman from West Fairmont, David MaCauley from East Fairmont, Mac Clarkson — the cleanup hitter for Preston, J.R. Tenney from Buckhannon (his father Randy Tenney is head baseball coach at West Virginia Wesleyan), A.J. Varnes from Albert Gallatin High School in Uniontown, Alex Lilly and Matt Gallagher from Bridgeport, and John Williams from Morgantown High School.

“This is our second season,” Testa explained. “Last year we played at East Fairmont High School, but since we play so many games, it was hard to schedule around the teams that use that field.

“That’s why we decided to fix up the Kingmont field.”

Testa, a Fairmont native who moved to Morgantown with his family when he was in high school, researched some history on the field and found it was sold to the Marion County Board of Education in 1947.

“It has a lot of history and we’ve partnered with the Pleasant Valley town officials,” he said.

He said finances were always a problem.

“We held an elimination dinner and we have a golf tournament at the Mountaineer golf tournament to raise money,” he said. “But we could always use financial help.”

He pointed out that people could learn more about his team and program by visiting MVP Baseball’s Web site at: mvpwestvorginia.com. Or they can call him at 366-0006.

“We’re kind of an alternative for players who want to travel and play in other states.

The official opening day ceremonies at Kingmont will be on May 21.

E-mail John Veasey at jcveasey@timeswv.com.

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