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Shiloh becomes only all turf baseball field in ND

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It doesn't feel like baseball weather outside-- but the High School season is supposed to start on Friday.
    Municipal Ballpark is still under construction-- so there are only a couple of options for teams in Bismarck.
    Jon Schaeffer takes you out to Shiloh to show you the newest ballpark in town-- and just how busy they will be this spring.

Baseball is already in full swing at Shiloh Christian School's brand new Ballpark-- Dwyer Field.
Teams hitting the diamond range from high school to division one college making for a busy spring.

(BRIAN MARCUS/ SHILOH AD) "We've been working with Certainly Bismarck Public schools with St. Mary's with the colleges as well  and just really trying to make it a collaborative, cooperative effort."

Starting Friday--there is at least one game on the schedule just about every day of the week through the end of April.

(BRIAN MARCUS) "We found ourselves having to early on and work with our region to get things scheduled right from the get go that way we could leave room to plug in other groups because there was a desire from other groups and teams to come and play here as well. "

(JON SCHAEFFER-KX SPORTS) "The first thing you'll notice when you come out to Dwyer field is the turf-- it stretches from the Backstop to Dead Center and just about everywhere in between."

The only place you'll find dirt at Dwyer is on the pitcher's mound.
With the turf-- you don't have to wait for it to thaw-- allowing you to take the field as soon as the snow is cleared or melts away.

(JAMES INMAN/ SHILOH BASEBALL PLAYER) "It's awesome being out on the turf field. I think on Monday and Tuesday when the weather wasn't so nice we were probably one of the only teams in the state that was able to be outside."

(ARIC LEE/ SHILOH HEAD COACH) "It's very beneficial to our program to be able to get out on the field. Usually probably going to be the first ones out on the field getting game repetitions early with the first day of practice which is a big benefit to our kids when we actually get out there and compete.

Shiloh isn't the first field to use Turf-- Dickinson has a turf infield, and a grass outfield.
While it's a great benefit-- it also forces players to adjust to the new playing surface.

(James Inman)  The ball is going to come in differently than it would with a dirt infield. You should get favorable hops but in the Outfield that could lead to some big hops, so in all honesty it's a lot easier to read but it will take some time to get use to."

For the Skyhawks this is the first baseball field they call their own in school history.

"We don't have to travel down to other parks. We have just a Shiloh Baseball field so it's nice just having it right in your backyard you look up you see the school, you look out during class and there's your field right there."
In Bismarck-- Jon Schaeffer.

    Shiloh starts their season Friday against TL-M-M at Dwyer field.
    The complex at Shiloh isn't completely finished, the press box and seating area still need to be completed, it will seat 750 for baseball.

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