SANDOWN – This weekend the Sandown Baseball and Softball Association will cap months of fundraising and volunteer effort by honoring a young Sandown man who spent a lot of time on the fields during his 17 years.
On Saturday, May 10, the association is dedicating a field at the Roy L. Miller Recreation Area in honor of David Martin Augusta III.
Augusta lost his life in 2012 in a car crash on Route 111 in Hampstead weeks before he was to attend Timberlane Regional High School as a senior.
Augusta loved the sport of baseball. He grew up playing and as he got older, became a well-respected umpire in the local leagues. A member of the Merrimack Valley Umpires Association and the Great Bay Umpires Association, he was fully certified to umpire and had the opportunity to visit Cooperstown Dreams Park in New York State and call games there.
The Merrimack Valley Umpires Association presents an annual award in honor of Augusta, the David M Augusta III Teen Associate Member Award, and the Sandown Baseball and Softball Association held its first annual softball tournament in Augusta’s name last fall.
“The dedication of this field will ensure that although David’s spirit and commitment may be missed, they will never be forgotten,” the association said in a statement.
With the support of the community, the association has been working in the last year to properly remember the young man who spent so many hours on the fields. They decided not only to dedicate a field to Augusta, but to expand it – the field now meets Cal Ripken League standards – and to beautify the grounds and expand and improve the dugouts.
The unveiling of the new field and its dedication will take place about 9 a.m. Saturday. All are welcome to attend, and to stay for the games directly after the dedication and throughout the day.
A rain date for the dedication is Sunday, May 11.