Here’s an on-field photo of the FieldTurf instillation that was going on Tuesday at Southside Ballpark. The Dickinson High baseball team will be able to play on this in the next couple weeks.
Love it or hate it, the turf has a purpose. First, games can be played on this rain or shine. Second, with no dirt to maintain in the infield, that cuts down the time between doubleheader or tournament games.
The downside is that the entire thing is turf, including the batter’s box and the pitcher’s mound. That could eventually give Dickinson teams a big homefield advantage. But, as Press sports reporter Royal McGregor will point out Thursday in his season preview on the Midgets, the players know that they may struggle to adjust to the change right away.
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