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Conditions not conducive to competition for most

Local fields not in the best of shape for spring ball

A lot of work needs to be done to get the local high school fields ready for the start of the spring sports season.

Baseball fields in particular are more than a little mushy right now and it may take a few days of good weather before they dry out enough for competition.

Scappoose Baseball Coach Robert Medley said conditions are bad. '(The fields) won't be ready unless a small miracle happens,' Medley said. 'We would have to get several days of sunshine this week (to dry them out). The water table is so high it's not good. You never know, we get some dry weather and we might be able to play.'

Medley, who is also the athletic director, said the Indians would go 'wherever' to try and play. Turf fields such as Hillsboro Stadium and Wilsonville are an option if available.

The Indians are slated to host La Salle on Monday and travel to Central on Friday, March 16.

New St. Helens Coach Randy Voght said, '(The fields) are like a swamp. We're going to work on it Thursday. I've been dragging it and brought some gravel up. We had somebody roto-till the fields and it set us back.'

Voght also said they would need a few days of good weather to help dry out the fields. They too will seek other venues if possible.

The Lions are scheduled to go to Forest Grove on Tuesday, and host Sprague on Wednesday, March 14. Jayvees and freshmen will go to Sprague. The Lions have Newberg at home that following Friday.

St. Helens Softball Coach Jeff Edwards was optimistic. He said some dry weather is forecast later in the week and they are hoping to do some fieldwork on Friday.

'We're still hoping to host the Cleveland game on Tuesday,' Edwards said. He also had his field roto-tilled. 'They meant well, but we were sinking five inches into the infield,' he said. He also noted that Campbell Field, where the jayvees play, also needed quite a bit of work.

The Lady Lions have the Cleveland game in St. Helens on Tuesday, and then are slated to travel to Grant (March 14) and West Salem (March 16).

Scappoose Softball Coach Dean Smith said his field was a little sloppy for practice on Monday, but noted the girl's varsity softball field drains better than most fields in the area. It has a natural gravel drain field underneath. He said they would be ready to play by the first game. The Lady Indians are scheduled to travel to Gladstone on March 14, and host Clatskanie on Monday, March 19.