Another trick of the trade. In this post we go to the baseball field at IPFW. They place a mat down the slope of the mound before placing the tarp. Why? This allows for the tarp to be removed for batting practice, etc while still keeping the mound clay moist. Also, a basic pitchers fielding practice can take place on top of the carpet while not causing damage to the clay area. This also works well in front of a softball pitchers rubber.
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