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Spring Sports Season Brings Baseball and Softball Field Improvements

The field work that was done included:  Base distance was remeasured and new sleeves were added, including two sets of sleeves for the JV field to allow bases to be inserted for baseball and softball.  The custom infield mix allows the field to be regraded- facilitating better drainage and eliminating pooling.  This will improve PJP's ability to play during the unpredictable spring weather.  The regrade will not only look better, but will also provide a smoother, safer playing surface.   The contractor also completed the edging and fertilizing of the infield.
According to PJP Baseball Coach, Mr. Josh Hartline, "With the addition of Martin's Custom Infield Mix, the re-edging of the infield and seeding, we are taking a step in the right direction in regards to our baseball fields."

Mrs. Amanda Knight, PJP's Softball Coach added, "The softball team is ready to get the season going and can not be more excited about the field improvements being made.  With the addition of dirt and cutting out the field a little more, we should be able to get better drainage which will help us get on the field faster.  We are very excited to see what changes are happening at PJP and look forward to what else is to come in the future!"
The players, too, are excited for the start of the season, "I am so excited to get out there again with my teammates!" said softball player Amanda Butera '17.  "Absolutely," added Christian Wagner '17, who was once the only freshman member of the 2014 PJP State Championship baseball team, "We have been looking forward to field improvements for a long time, and it's very nice to see the work being done.  An email went out to the PJP students recently to gauge interest in re-instituting a freshman baseball team, and students can feel that PJP athletic programs are among the high priorities of our school, which is a great feeling."