BELEN — A local plumbing company donated its time and skills to make sure this year’s Little League season hits it out of the park.  

Greg Coon, the Belen Parks and Recreation director, said Hessinger’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling spent all day Thursday and Friday, Feb. 15 and 16, at the Belen Vivian Little League park donating their time. 

“They’re helping us do a little bit of spring start-up on the irrigation system, but we also have a lot of repairs,” Coon said. “So, they’re donating all of their time, some materials as well, to fix some of those water line breaks.” 

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One of Hessinger’s crew members preps a trench to lay new irrigation piping at the Belen Vivian Little League Fields.

Hessingers also installed a quick coupler valves so the Little League can wet down the in-fields and couple of other fields. Coon said the company did a total rehabilitation of the irrigation system to get them up and running for the upcoming season.   

The city is paying for some of the materials and supplies but Hessingers is also donating some of it as well.  

Michele Todd, vice president of Belen Little League board, said the sprinkler system at the fields have been malfunctioning for several years, and no one has been able to fix it.   

“We’ve had so many different hands on the fields trying to fix this or that and so nobody knows where this goes or which way,” Todd said. “(This) means green grass for the kids. (We’re) trying to make it nice and beautiful and safe for these kids. We’re excited.”   

Kris Hessinger, owner of the company, and his family have been involved in Belen Little League for years, and is happy to help.  

“I’ve always been a part of these baseball fields out here. My youngest kids from 20 years ago,” Hessinger said. “It hurts me to see it in this disrepair. So, I wanted to get it up and going so future kids can have the fun that we did.  

“I’ve had a lot of good times out here, and I’m hoping we can keep that going,” he said. “All my guys are loving it, too. They just like to give back.”   

Hessinger said his entire crew volunteered their time on Thursday, saying they “pretty much closed down” for the day so they could spend their time at the fields.  He also said a way to give back is helping with some of the supplies.  

“The tubing and stuff that we’re laying today is all donated … I have a lot of fun out here,” Hessinger said. 

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Jesse Jones lives in Albuquerque with his wife and son. Jesse graduated from of the University of New Mexico twice. This spring, he graduated with a degree in multimedia journalism and, in 2006, he received a bachelor’s degree in university studies with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a current fellow of the New Mexico Local News Fund.