Ed Hinko baseball league keeps kids busy through the summer


 UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A decade old baseball tradition is brought back again this summer, as students from around the community participate in the Independent Babe Ruth baseball league called the Ed Hinko league. 

The league has been around for more than 20 years and does all activity Utica, including practice and games played. All of their games are played on the Ed Hinko field in Utica.
When the league first began it included eight different teams, but over the years it lost recognition and players, leaving the league with only six teams to play against each other this year.
Those involved including Jim George, the team manager, hope to bring more Mohawk Valley students on board.
"It's a lot of fun, it's great for kids, it's good exercise, it keeps them healthy and keeps them occupied," George said. "Not a lot of kids have opportunity to travel over the summer, so this gives them something to do."
The cost to participate is $90 per person. All other expenses are included except helmets, bats and gloves. 
Mark Mithcell, 21, has played with the team since he was 16 and hopes more community members can see why he loves the team so much.
"Kids come out here they put all their effort out and play as hard as they can and that's what baseball is about," Mithcell said. "Not championships, it's about coming out, having fun and playing as hard as you can."
Signups can be done every night at the Ed Hinko Field between 5 p.m. and 7p.m. 
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