First a little history….our baseball field is the worst high school field in the area, possibly the entire state. It is basically a slope a sloppy slope. You are looking uphill if you stand at home plate and look into the outfield. In order to make it level the infield needs to be raised 5 feet. So when it rains all the water drains down and floods the entire infield and I use the term infield lightly. We really don’t even have a pitchers mound anymore. Sure they add a little dirt at the beginning of the season but then the rain, rain, rain comes down, down, down and, well you get the point. We actually dig a little drench at third base to drain that puddle. All the other puddles, well they are more challenging. This field is more suited for ducks then baseball players. A small amount of rain makes our field unplayable for days. A lot of rain, well you can count on us playing the next five games away. We were only able to play 2 ½ games on our field last season. It is very frustrating to never have home field advantage.
After a year of questions and answers and architectural plans and bids and more questions and answers and more bids and more questions and answers and one very annoying school board member who would vote no to us being allowed to breathe, our school board voted 6-2 in favor of the funding for a new multi-surface baseball field. Work on the field will begin following the 2010 baseball season and will be completed for the 2011 season (B’s senior year woo hoo). Work includes raising the field 5 feet with an artificial turf infield and natural turf outfield. Above ground dugouts are also included in the project. This is the first of four phases of improvement. The other three phases, if approved, will follow in 2012-2014.
I will be documenting these improvements for our baseball media guide so I will post some pictures as we go along. Yippee
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