BOARDMAN - Boardman's Little League Majors has new equipment and uniforms thanks to Parsons and its subcontractors.

Ron McMurphy, an employee of Parsons, of Sumner, Wash., the contractor for the Pacific Ethanol plant, said the need was brought to union workers' attention by an office worker whose son joined the Little League team.

Heather Crespo, a purchasing agent, said her son, Jordan, came home with a uniform that had been altered, was badly worn and had holes in the pants.

When she told members of Pendleton Building Trades, Local 598, which includes carpenters, masons and other crafts, they passed the hat during a break and raised more than $1,000.

Albert "Chief" Corpus, head coach for the major leaguers, admitted the Little League program has limited funding.

"My oldest boy is in the Marines now," he said. "He wore these same uniforms."

Corpus said the union workers donated $1,090, which he used to buy two sets of catchers' gear, bats, bags, batting helmets and other equipment.

Parsons itself agreed to pay for new uniforms. Corpus said he was submitting an invoice for $535.

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