Despite the dark shadow that’s been cast over the great sport of baseball lately, I maintain my loyalty. I love baseball. Once again, the cookery made another transformation this week — to family dugout. Batter Up! For the first grade baseball cake batter, the team chose chocolate for the bat and vanilla for the ball. The bat went first but the ball didn’t trail too far behind. We are deep into baseball this spring and six boys on our block are all sporting jerseys for the youth Yankees team. One among us was in tears because he’s a Mets fan, but the tears have passed. Play Ball! We’re off to the field to practice.