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Discussion: Mesquite ballfields.

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March 23, 2009
Punch
Men's 60
12 posts
Mesquite ballfields.
I am playing at Hunter and Pioneer parks this week, and I was wondering what the fields are like i.e. dimensions, parking, condition of infields and outfields etc. Thanks.
March 23, 2009
SSUSA Staff
1008 posts
The following is an excerpt from an e-mail received from Mesquite about the playing facilities for the Spring World's ... Hope this helps
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Pioneer Park has 3 fields - 2 for softball and 1 baseball which is converted for softball.
Field 1- ideal for softball fences 300 down each line and about 325 to dead center
Field 2- smaller field 291 down the left field line 301 right field line and about 295 to dead center.
Field 3- baseball field 300 down each line center field is about 395.
All fields are in excellent condition;

Hunter Park (new with Astroturf) has 3 fields - 2 for softball and 1 baseball which is converted for softball.
Fields 1 and 2 Astroturf outfield and dirt infield excellent for all the hitters 300 feet down each line
Field 3 is a baseball field with Astroturf in the infield and outfield. The city will convert it very easily for softball.

Old Mill Park - Field one is a regular softball field 300 down the left field line right field is a little shorter
March 23, 2009
the wood
1071 posts
SSUSA Staff:
What exactly does 'converted for softball' mean? From my perspective, 395' to center field doesn't sound like much of a conversion... changing the bases and rolling a few softballs out on it is nowhere near a conversion.
This would have been good information to have provided to the teams before we entered it.
BW
March 23, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Just hope they were clear on the "cpnversion", because I have played SB at Pioneer with the mound left (1 time), as well as taken out (3 times), you still get the large BB infield. Excellent fields in any case.
March 23, 2009
the wood
1071 posts
Taits:
Aside from the mound and the bases, what other modifications were made in order to truly make it a softball field?
We used to play USSSA in minor league baseball parks and when they promised to convert them to softball fields, they ACTUALLY did it... 300' temporary fences, etc.
BrucefromGA:
This is why I made mention of the Rancho San Rafael fields in an earlier post (regarding Reno)...
Murphy's Law with the SSUSA slant on it... as it relates to field selection, 'whatever can go wrong will go wrong, particularly if it is M+'.
BW
March 23, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Nothing I remember, for that Pioneer upper field.
I remember this BB field as being longer to fence all around, but it worked well for long ball hitters 7 dinkers. Just looked strange set up this way when your used to a SB field.
I doubt they will or would add or take away any grass to make it "look like" a SB field.
I have not seen that new fields unless it was one of the two either in a residential area or the new one next to the rec center and was changed from grass to turf.
I have only practiced next to the new rec center but foul balls ended up in a house yard or worse. Open field. Road leading to park reachable.
Haven't been to Mesquite or St G. since Oct '07. But the quality of grass and how it was maintained over time makes it about the best you'll ever find that is real and not artificial. IMHO.
I just looked at a satellite view of the area and remembered if you happen to have a 400 foot hitter on the team and play on the middle field, he might get one to the interstate hwy. No joke. It's up a high bank past the 300 fence, but at about 400 if it was a high regular shot.
Noticed no grass on the BB field now I remember it as with grass there. But may be thinking of another grass field I have been on that was converted later.




March 23, 2009
the wood
1071 posts
Thanks, Scott...
BTW, when you mention 'no grass' on the BB field, I presume that you mean infield grass.
I haven't played there in over 12 years... we played on the softball fields (#1 & # 2) and never actually saw the BB field. I do remember the field with the short RCF fence and I-15 behind it... it was also a little shorter than 300' in LF as I recall.
But perhaps it will be better than the pseudo cow pasture they put us on in 2007 (Thousand Palms) and the wind tunnel in Carson City (two years in a row).
BW
March 23, 2009
4x4
Men's 65
590 posts
I just rec'd an interesting email on this subject.

It shows the actual dimensions as:

Pioneer

1- 315 Left field - 315 Center - 325 R. Center - 295 Right Field

2- 278 Left Field w/15' fence - 315 Center - 295 Right Field

3- 336 Left Field - 389 Center - 335 - Right Field

Hunter

1 & 2 - 325 Feet all around

3- 340 Down the lines - 400 Center

The sender seems informed

March 23, 2009
4x4
Men's 65
590 posts
Page 2

Old Mill

West field approx 280

East Field - 250 (girls softball field)
both infields sandy

This was part of the original email I rec'd. I didn't catch it all for the 1st post.
March 24, 2009
CRUSADERVB
Men's 65
272 posts
HEY PETE...YOUR INFO IS CORRECT ON THE DIMENTIONS OF THESE BB FIELDS!! I GUESS WHEN WE ENTER A ''SOFTBALL'' TOURNAMENT WE BETTER GET USED TO PLAYING ON ''BASEBALL'' FIELDS, WHAT OF WASTE OF $$$$. MOST OF OUR GSF GUYS ARE DRIVING 400 MILES TO PLAY BASEBALL, OH I MEAN SOFTBALL.
IT'S LIKE PLAYING PING-PONG ON A TENNIS COURT!!
I DON'T BELEIVE WE'LL BE HITTING A HR FOR AN OUT IN THIS TOURNAMENT, BUT I BETTER WEAR A CATCHERS MASK AND SHIN GUARDS WHEN I PITCH!!!
March 24, 2009
the wood
1071 posts
Karl Marx said 'religion is the opiate of the masses'... not that I agree with him. But what 'opiates' the M+ division? intentional misinformation, 'good intentions', lack of timely information, a task force... pick one or more.
Regardless, we have been duped once again...
Whomever 'SSUSA Staff' might be, you'd think that their pipeline for useful data would be more direct than those of us that are on the outside. Apparently not.
BW
March 24, 2009
CRUSADERVB
Men's 65
272 posts
WOODY......WHO'S KARL MARX? IS THAT GALVINS ROOMMATE?
March 24, 2009
the wood
1071 posts
No, his roommate was named Valdez... his first name was Exxon.
Karl Marx was the father of socialism... and a great uncle of Groucho.
BW
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