Diamonds to be uncovered on March 14 |

Diamonds to be uncovered on March 14

Every kid deserves a home game.

But overcoming Mother Nature’s bountiful winters has traditionally come between South Tahoe High baseball and softball players and playing springtime games in the mountains.

If Mark Shehadi and a handful of generous local merchants and volunteers have their way, there’s gonna be ball at home.

Shehadi Motors has pledged as many as 30 snowblowers, with PAAL-CO providing the gasoline and South Tahoe Refuse supplying the transportation, to clear snow from the area’s athletic fields. The project will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 14 at Todd Fields (the Babe Ruth Field).

“I can remember playing for South Tahoe and having a hard time getting a home game because of the snow. We have a legitimate baseball team this year. They deserve a legitimate shot,” Shehadi said. “But it’s not just baseball. Every kid in Tahoe deserves to play at home.”

Shehadi hopes to clear the baseball and softball fields at Todd Fields, all of the Little League fields, and the Field of Dreams at South Tahoe High. The plan is to start at Todd Fields, head to the Little League yard and end up at the high school.

With an abundance of adult volunteers to operate the blowers, Shehadi sees the work lasting the better part of a day. But, he noted, it’d be well worth the effort.

“Our goal is all of the fields, at about an hour per field. If it happens to take longer, or another day, then we’ll do it,” said Shehadi, who received the go-ahead from city Parks Superintendent Steve Weiss. “(Weiss) has been very cooperative and commendable. As long as the community promises to let the fields dry properly, we’ll be allowed to do this,” Shehadi said.

Added Weiss, “I don’t have too many concerns. We just don’t want any damage or further impact on the fields. But those things can be easily monitored and adjusted. I’m looking forward to working with (everyone involved).”

Volunteers are asked to arrive at Todd Fields prior to 9 a.m. Dress warmly, as organizers would like the effort to happen regardless of weather conditions, and be prepared to work for most of the day. Additional donations would be helpful, including food and beverages.

For details, contact the school at 541-4111 or the Tribune sports department at 542-8014 or 542-8010.

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