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Smoothing the way for spring semester

Posted: Friday, Jan 10th, 2014

Darrell Daniels smoothes out a new batch of infield mix Friday on a softball diamond at Watsonville High School. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Stealing base might have become a tad easier at Watsonville High School thanks to a new red soil that has been deposited on their baseball diamonds.

For the past two weeks a crew has been spreading out a new infield mix on three of the school’s softball infields.

“It’s a three-part mix of clay, sand and crushed lava rock,” said Darrell Daniels, lead plumber for Pajaro Valley Unified School District who volunteered his efforts with the project. “We’re dealing with spreading out 450 tons of the mix. Our objective is to get this all done for the start of class on Monday.”

Daniels said the high quality red soil allows for better filtration and won’t pool as easily as traditional soil in wet weather.

“That means less maintenance,” Daniels said. “This soil is much more user friendly when it comes to sliding; it’s not as coarse.”

The red soil replaces a ground up granite soil that had to be dug up and hauled away.

Classes for all PVUSD schools start up Monday at the close of winter break.

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