I'm about to head out to Carson Park to get ready for our first home games of the season, but wanted to write a quick update on today. All the info needed should already be on our athletics website, but maybe some of you only read my blog and don't look too closely at the website - so for what it's worth...... :)
Plan A: play on the turf of the football field at Carson Park. Yesterday afternoon we measured everything out so our fence placement spots are marked for quick and easy set up. Right field will be slightly short, but the City put the outfield extensions on the the baseball field last week, so it is an 8' fence in right, which makes up for the slight distance discrepancy.......good timing!
Plan B: In the event that Gelein field is in playable condition at game time, we'll quickly carry the fence panels over to that field and play a "real" home game! So if you have strong arms and legs, we can use your help to carry the fence! The individual panels are pretty light, so it should make for quick work if everyone grabs a panel.
I'm really hoping Gelein gets itself ready, but we have no control over that. We practiced yesterday at our practice field at the Bollinger Complex, and it was quite soupy during the time we were out there, but it firmed up into playable conditions in the afternoon, so we'll just have to see. I had heard a rumor about the depth of the frost this year, but don't know how true it was. Talk of the frost being 8' deep - so I imagine that would take awhile to come out, and we need to have nights above freezing to make that happen. We're optimistic that the field will be ready for our home games next week, but again, no control over that, so we'll "hurry up and wait."
Games today: UWEC vs. Northland 12:00, UWEC vs. St. Scholastica 2:00 and 4:00.
See you at the ballpark!