Field conditions force cancellation of some OKC Dodgers High School Baseball Series games
Multiple high school baseball games scheduled at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in March had to be canceled because of field conditions.
Alex Freedman, the Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, said because of colder than average temperatures combined with ice and snow, sod installation was delayed about a month. In January, the Dodgers announced plans to upgrade the sod and irrigation system among other renovations to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The OKC Dodgers players report Monday before the season opener next Thursday. Freedman said the grounds crew wanted to make sure the field was ready for the Dodgers home opener.
The colder temperatures also meant the new sod wasn't able to root as soon, which causes a slippery playing surface.
"It's a safety issue," Freedman said. "If the grass isn't rooted down, it becomes a slick mess."
High school games scheduled at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in April will be played. The Dodgers are working with some teams about rescheduling, but those that can't play a make-up game were refunded their entry fees.