Field make-over benefits East Providence High School facility

Photo By Mike Rego
East Providence school system athletic director Paul Amaral (right) looks on as a member of the demonstration crew remeasures first base on the high school softball field, June 19. Photo By Mike Rego East Providence school system athletic director Paul Amaral (right) looks on as a member of the demonstration crew remeasures first base on the high school softball field, June 19.

Photo By Mike Rego
East Providence school system athletic director Paul Amaral (right) looks on as a member of the demonstration crew remeasures first base on the high school softball field, June 19.

EAST PROVIDENCE — For the second time in as many years, a city athletic facility was the beneficiary of a free make-over as the softball field on the East Providence High School grounds received some pro bono tidying up Tuesday, June 19.
The minor refurbishment was the product of a local seminar/sales pitch by two area distributors of maintenance equipment, DGM Systems based out of Foster, R.I. and Kochek Irrigation of Putnam, Conn.
Those two companies work with New England Specialty Soil out of Lancaster, Mass., which actually sponsored Tuesday’s event. Seago International provided mowing equipment for the manicure. AOK Turf, of Coventry, was also involved in the event, which was conducted under the tutelage of representatives from Southern Athletic Fields, a Tennessee-based firm that specializes in producing clay used on baseball/softball fields at all levels across the country.
Southern’s infield clay is the preferred material used at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium. It is also used by grounds superintendent Joe Medeiros’ crew at Pierce Field. One of the Little League fields at Pierce, in fact, was the other facility fixed up during a similar seminar held at this time last year.
The EPHS softball field was the first of two local facilities to be tuned up this week. The same crew of companies was scheduled to head just across the border to Seekonk to rehabilitate a field at the Wheeler School athletic facility.
Besides Mr. Medeiros, East Providence School system athletic director Paul Amaral and facilities supervisor Tony Feola were in attendance for the seminar, which Dave Mihailides, owner of DGM Systems, called an “educational and selling” event. Mr. Milhailides said John Bengston, grounds manager at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, was instrumental in the selection of EPHS as a site for the demonstration.
Those on hand Tuesday learned about proper mowing and dragging techniques. They also were told of the benefits of each product. The EPHS field specifically had its base lines, home plate and pitching rubber remeasured and corrected to proper specifications. The surface received a dose of Southern’s clay mixture. It was later dragged, edged and mowed to industry standards.
Tuesday’s event was part of a broader attempt to rehabilitate the EPHS field for full-time use by the softball program. Head coach Rob Traverse, with the support of Mr. Amaral, has begun the process of bringing back regular season softball to the field rather than the Townies needing to play home games at Pierce Field.
Mr. Traverse has solicited donations for the installation of a fence to enclose the field. Fencing to be placed down both the right and left field lines is already on the premises and needs to be installed. A temporary fence, which would hang between the foul lines, still must be purchased. Plans to construct dugouts are also being considered down the road.
“This is great,” Mr. Amaral said of Tuesday’s rehab effort. “Even in these difficult times, we still want to make improvements. We want to stay positive and to have a vision for the future.”

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