Frost was visible at Early City Park Tuesday morning when a City of Early parks crew, joined by workers from contractor Trees Forever, showed up to sod the new Sophomore League infield.
But by mid-afternoon, the two truckloads of sod had not only been installed, but the crew members had worked up a sweat as the temperatures soared toward 70.
“When this is finished, it will be the finest baseball fields around,” Daniel Castillo, Early parks superintendent, said. “It should be ready to use in the next season.”
New lights will go up at the field during the first week of January, similar to ones installed in recent months at a nearby baseball field at the park.
“This is an old softball field,” Castillo said, “but it’s really going to be nice. We’ve got new backstops, and Howard Payne donated a set of bleachers that will hold 200 people.”
Early City Administrator said the project is a joint effort of the city and the Early Baseball Association.
“The league has been having to use the field at Early High School,” Castillo said. “They won’t have to do that any more.”
Youngsters ages 13 through 15 play in the Sophomore League, Castillo said.
“The community has really been supportive,” Castillo added. “We’re happy that the city is able to do this.”