Corsica makes upgrades to its baseball field
CORSICA--The dirt and dust won't be blowing at the Corsica baseball field this summer. Along with help from the Minnesota Twins, the Corsica ballfield will have a new grass infield along with a new concrete backstop, nets, foul poles and bases. "...
CORSICA-The dirt and dust won't be blowing at the Corsica baseball field this summer.
Along with help from the Minnesota Twins, the Corsica ballfield will have a new grass infield along with a new concrete backstop, nets, foul poles and bases.
"Nobody likes to play on the agri-lime infield and get dust blown in your face," said Michael Plooster, a member of the Corsica Summer Recreation Association. "We always kept talking about how nice it would be to have a grass infield. I heard about this Twins grant and we got a committee together. We dug a little deeper into it, got a contact up there and went through the process."
Plooster, along with committee members Bob Bamberg, Brenda Bamberg and Steven Blom, applied for a grant with the Twins Community Fund and were approved in July 2014.
"We were fortunate enough to receive $5,000 from the Twins grant to pursue the grass infield," Plooster said. "It's been fun and exciting, but a lot of work that's for sure."
Plooster added some money had been set aside for the project but the Twins grant covered a majority of costs.
"We have a lot of kids playing," Plooster said. "We felt it was necessary to get it done for the future of baseball and keep kids interested in the sport of baseball. I can't wait to see it get done."
The project isn't fully complete and the three Corsica baseball teams-a 13-14 teener, 15-16 minors team and the Corsica-Stickney Horned Frogs amateur baseball team-plan to stay off the field for as long as possible.
"It just makes the field look that much more nice, having a grass infield," said Luke Bamberg, a member of the Horned Frogs. "It's going to make our field look pretty darn nice."
The concrete backstop is installed and grass is growing in the infield, but Plooster said the project won't be officially complete until June.
"We want to stay off it as long as we can to get that grass infield matured," said Plooster, who added the possible first home game could coincide with Corsica Day on June 11.
The ballfield, which Plooster said was one of the first fields in the area with lights, hasn't undergone any major renovations since it hosted a teener state tournament in 2008.
Bamberg said the all-grass infield should help all Corsica teams but especially the Sunshine League's Horned Frogs, mainly because district and state tournament games are played with grass infields.
"The agri-lime plays a lot faster," Bamberg said. "It'll help us in the long run to play on a grass infield."
Along with the cosmetic changes, the new upgrades will allow for more events and tournaments to be played in Corsica in the future.
"This gives an opportunity to host districts or tournaments for all ages down the road," Plooster said. "To bring that to our community is important and the amount of kids we have coming up, we'll be playing baseball in Corsica for many years to come."