Soil is so importante, it's the only thing separating us from the rock we live on.
I don't think smallaxe implied, drying out the surface without any mechanical requirement for success is most possible. Just most healthy. I deal with Florida central soil. Not much soil or clay compacts. But I can imagine your situation for I have 2 sons who have played baseball 7 years each. I would imagine you guys have to use spike mower tires or spiked weighted rollers. I'll bet the surface would get hard pan.
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