They evidently love their baseball in Georgia.
The baseball coaches at Pinecrest Academy (Cumming)
and King's Ridge Christian (Alpharetta)
deplored the thought of suspending or cancelling their game last week so they devised some higher thinking: Let's bring in a chopper.
According to this story from forsythnews.com
, the field was wet because of a downpour that stopped the game after 4.1 innings. The weather cleared, the sun came out, but the field remained unplayable.
So, they listened to the parent of a King's Ridge Christian player who thought to bring in a helicopter to hover and dry the field. It's been done before around the country, but choppers are mostly saved for more conventional emergencies.
"It was definitely one of the crazier things I've seen," said Pinecrest coach Ryan Weingart, whose team hosted the game.
Who King's Ridge coach Dallas McPherson called and who was responsible for the "mission impossible" has not yet been divulged.
"The group responsible doesn't want any credit, blame or publicity off of it and wish to remain anonymous," McPherson texted FCN.
King's Ridge went on to win the game 13-2 and according to reports, the same helicopter was spotted drying off the King's Ridge field. Weingart was happy the game was completed, but said "It was a bummer that it turned out that way."
While using helicopters to dry a wet baseball field is not common, it has been done before. According to an article by current ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney
, when he was a writer for the Baltimore Sun, helicopters were brought in to dry out Yankee Stadium in 1996 for Game 1 of the World Series. Olney reported that it was also done in the 1962 World Series in New York and the 1975 World Series in Boston.
Some helicopter companies also list "sport field drying" on their websites as a service their helicopters can provide.