Cardinal Field receives a makeover
By Andrew Alexander
Adamsville High School’s baseball field is currently going through a renovation process.
With the assistance of coaches, players, city workers, and community members, Cardinal head baseball coach Steven Lambert removed over 15 pallets of sod from Cardinal Field last week.
Paths were also cut between both dugouts leading to home plate, and the team is looking into improving their drainage system as well.
Lambert said that the benefits of having an all-grass infield were that it absorbed a lot of water when it rained, which made the field playable when most fields were under water, and it required a lot less maintenance before and after games.
“It’s a cosmetic thing. I loved how it (the field) looked at the beginning of the season,” said Lambert, “but we played so many games over the course of the season that it didn’t look anywhere near as good towards the end of the season.”
Lambert said the renovations to the field have come at no cost. The team has not spent a penny to have the work done.
Benny Austin cut up the sod for the Cardinal baseball team in return for putting a sign for his real estate agency up in the outfield during next year’s season.
Lambert also claimed that he had thought about selling the sod but decided it would be best to just give it away.
“We had around 20 different folks that came and took the sod off, and the city sent a backhoe to the field to pick up the scraps,” said Lambert.
Keeping the field in quality condition now will be a little more expensive considering the cost of field conditioner and the cost of maintenance.
Now that the sodded infield is bare, Lambert will go through a process of spraying weed killers on the infield dirt and dragging the infield routinely with a grated mechanism behind a tractor to ensure the field is level and grass will not grow back.
Lambert also estimates that it will take five to ten tons of dirt to cover and level the field in its current state.
The last major renovation Cardinal Field went through, apart from raising fences in the outfield, was the process of covering the infield with sod that occurred in 2004.
Lambert said that in 2014 Cardinal Field will be 25 years old.
“When this field was built it was one of the premiere baseball fields in West Tennessee.”
Lambert’s goal is to regain the recognition of having one of the finest fields in the state, not to mention one of the best teams as well.
He plans to organize a possible alumni association for the baseball program where he will be able to offer the chance for members to give tax exempt donations to the team to raise funds for future renovations and equipment.
Lambert said that if anyone was interested in financially supporting the renovation, or the team they could contact him at (731) 926-5167.