Ball field memorializes Little Leaguer

The Petaluma American Little League now has a sparkling new field for its "angel" to patrol.

The Little League has refurbished what it refers to as its Middle Diamond at Lucchesi Park and will dedicate it Sunday to Trevor Smith, a popular young player who was killed in a traffic incident last June. He was 13. Spurred by the Petaluma Fabulous Women, the community rallied around the Smith family, raising money to establish a Trevor Smith scholarship fund to help families in need pay for their children to play Little League baseball.

A fund-raising event in October named for Petaluma's "Angel in the Outfield" raised enough money to not only establish the scholarship fund, but also sparked an effort to create a permanent memorial for the junior high school student, who played Little League baseball in the American League.

The tribute to Trevor is bittersweet for his family — father, Joe; mother, Pam; and older brothers Tyler and Dylan.

"It is not where you want to see your child's name, but it is definitely an honor and a tribute to him," his mother said.

"This is pretty special," agreed his father. "It is really incredible that something honoring our son is going to be here forever."

After the Petaluma Fabulous Women event, the Petaluma American Little League got involved, more money was raised and a plan was developed to refurbish the league's third diamond at Lucchesi, where the younger Little Leaguers play, and name it for Trevor.

"The plans evolved over time," explained Petaluma American Little League President Thomas Perry.

The effort to re-do the diamond was a summer-long project headed by league vice-president Fred Hillard. The field was refurbished, the backstop was repaired, a new warning track was placed near both sideline fences, a new solar-powered scoreboard proclaiming the diamond Trevor Smith Field was added and many other were improvements made.

"There was an extraordinary amount of work done in a short period of time," noted Hillard. "It is going to be a super field. It is really exciting. This is something that has been a long-time needed."

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