The J&D Turf crew was in Whiting, IN today. The task, take a homeplate that had a 26 ft diameter and take it to a 32 ft diameter. Also, raise the plate to ensure positive drainage while allowing the pitcher's rubber to be 10 inches above homeplate. Why do this? The field had it's first year of play last year, and there was extensive wear in the turf around the plate. With the 2012 schedule as busy as 2011, fighting the traffic will be an uphill battle. So, let's get to it......
First, the new diameter is measured and a line is painted in the turf.
Next, 4 inches of root zone sand was removed.
Then the plate was raised to allow for positive drainage. Note the string lines set to make sure the plate is square with the pitchers rubber and the foul poles/bases.
4 inches of Dura Edge Collegiate infield mix was added to the perimeter of the plate. Dura Pitch Mound Clay was installed in the batters boxes and catchers box.
The plate was then leveled with a board. Positive drainage is ensured due to the laser leveling of home plate.
The plate was worked up and re-leveled with a bunker rake.
Finally, the plate was tire rolled and a finish drag was performed.
Not bad for a days work!
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