Sauget, Ill. - The last thing a baseball player expects to do is shovel snow off of their field in order to get a game in. But this was the scene at GCS Ballpark Saturday afternoon, as the Lynx Baseball team spent the entire day using hand shovels to clear the turf for Sunday's doubleheader against Cardinal Stritch.
This weekend's home-opener was originally schedule for Saturday at 1 p.m., but was cancelled due to the winter storm that hit the area on Thursday.
When it was apparent the snow and ice mixture was not going away naturally, the Lynx baseball team stepped up.
Head Coach Logan Johnson, his coaching staff and 52 players took the field at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with nothing but hand shovels and determination to play on their home field.
Staring at a sold-white playing surface when they arrived, the guys knew they had a long day ahead of them. It was non-stop work for the guys - with a snowball fight or two mixed in - but eight hours later, they were looking at a brand new field and the ability to play their home-opener.
"After the storm, and cancelling today's games, it was important to get Sunday's games in," said Coach Johnson. "The guys were diligent in their efforts and worked extremely hard - they did a great job to make this happen."
After all was said and done, the Lynx took the field Sunday in a doubleheader against Cardinal Stritch. The hard work paid off, as the Lynx picked up a doubleheader sweep against the Wolves for their first victories of the season.
Story courtesy of Lindenwood-Belleville