Refurbishing Youth Baseball Fields Diamonds In The Rough
Refurbishing Youth Baseball Fields Refurbishing Youth Baseball Fields

Cory F. Age 11
Medlock Park
Atlanta, Georgia

AtlantaMy baseball field is dangerous. I recently went with my dad and some others to work on it because of the 2-inch lip around the edge of the infield grass. Whenever a batter hits a ground ball, it hits the lip and takes a horrible hop right towards the face of the infielder, and some have been hit in the face fielding a routine ground ball. Besides being dangerous, it’s frustrating that batters often get on base too easily. In the outfield players sometimes trip and fall over a manhole while trying to catch fly balls. So improved safety is why my ballpark should be chosen as a Briggs & Stratton ‘Diamond in the Rough.’ The outfield fence has holes under it where the ball can roll through, sometimes resulting in an extra base. Whenever it rains hard the field floods, has puddles for days, and we cancel more games than necessary. The improvements our ballpark needs are to rebuild the infield, rebuild the pitcher’s mound, improve drainage, replace the outfield grass, and fill in the space under the outfield fences. Our team has played on many other fields, and ours is among the worst. With money, we could change that. “If you can meet with triumph and disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same” (If, by Rudyard Kipling) then you have the “Power Within.” Baseball has given me the “Power Within” to be successful by teaching me that things don’t always go my way, on or off the field. If I strike out or make a bad play, I try hard to do better next time. That builds character. When I gave up a walk-off grand slam, and then in the next game threw out two people stealing, it was because I had the “Power Within.”