Nashville Sounds help high school rebuild baseball field - WKRN News 2

Nashville Sounds help high school rebuild baseball field

Posted: Updated: March 21, 2013 7:33 PM

The groundskeeper for the Nashville Sounds is working on a local high school field Thursday to help renovate their baseball field.

Stratford High School has seen its baseball field deteriorate over the years to the point that it has become difficult for players to field ground balls.

One player noted that they haven't won a game in two years, and the coach said they didn't have matching uniforms.

Their field, however, was worse off.

"What's the nice way to put it? I keep telling people it was a prison yard," said Chris, who lives next to the school.

Chris spent his day at Stratford High volunteering to help the Sounds crew.

Head Groundskeeper for the Sounds, Thomas Trotter, has donated field equipment to the team as well as set up the field, measuring the bases to conform to baseball standards.

Trotter and other members of the Sounds' grounds keeping crew were at Stratford Thursday afternoon to line the field and install the bases.

"We've probably been involved for about 25 hours, I'd say," he said.

Their hard work paid off.

"It looks a whole lot cleaner. It's flatter. We have a mound," said one of the players, Antonio Sneed.

Jason Barrett, the Spartans coach, is more than grateful.

"The Sounds, they deserve a tremendous amount of respect around this community for what they do. Not only baseball, but for society in general," Barrett said.

The Stratford Spartans are 0-5 so far this season, but with a new field and new attitude things could turn around.

Their first home game is Thursday at 4 p.m.

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