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Pitcher's Mound (my first)

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by foreplease, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,895

    The baseball field our local high school uses is being renovated. I am doing some of the work. This week we roughed in the new pitcher’s mound and batter’s boxes. It was difficult to find widespread agreement on the procedures and methods. Although this was my first mound built from scratch, I have maintained and repaired others. In the end, how it was done is based on what I have seen on other fields, what I have read or been told, the existing conditions and parameters of the job, and the materials available in our area.

    The mound as we found it:
    original mound_low res.jpg
    original mound 2_low res.jpg

    For context. Cleaned up old mound in context of tilled infield.
    mound in context of tilled infield_low res.jpg

    After shooting all the elevations, we roughed in and shaped the area where the clay bricks would go
    mound prep and CF grade_low res.jpg

    Naturally, the rough in area will hold water until bricks are in and finish grade established
    wet landing area_low res.jpg

    continued next post...

    original mound_low res.jpg

    original mound 2_low res.jpg

    mound in context of tilled infield_low res.jpg

    mound prep and CF grade_low res.jpg

    wet landing area_low res.jpg
     
  2. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,895

    Just to be safe, I put in a smile drain at the front and back edges of mound
    smile drain at mound_low res.jpg
    The school had about 3 dozen old bricks, we put those on the bottom layer
    IMG_2284_crop_low res.jpg
    I made this mound gauge that made the job easier and, probably, better The landing area is two bricks deep
    IMG_2287_low res.jpg
    Building and following the slope one brick deep
    IMG_2288_low res.jpg
    All of the heavy use area in front of the rubber is three bricks deep
    IMG_2289_low res.jpg

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    smile drain at mound_low res.jpg

    IMG_2284_crop_low res.jpg

    IMG_2287_low res.jpg

    IMG_2288_low res.jpg

    IMG_2289_low res.jpg
     
  3. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,895

    Here’s a shot from the front showing the slope and table area behind the rubber
    mound wear areas 2 and 3 layers deep_low res.jpg

    Need to backfill, water, and cover until we get the grass grown in. I wanted to get the heaviest work done before we plant the grass.
    mound brick work completed_low res.JPG

    This is one I edged last fall after removing the worn and compacted areas in the grass in front of the mound and repairing. It was brought up to grade (final inch) in the spring.

    mound repair edged Am Legion_low res.jpg

    One side of the box is finished. We were only able to go two bricks deep on the back edge.
    batters box LH.JPG

    mound wear areas 2 and 3 layers deep_low res.jpg

    mound brick work completed_low res.JPG

    mound repair edged Am Legion_low res.jpg

    batters box LH.JPG
     
  4. orange79

    orange79 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Looks good and like it should hold up well
     
  5. AJ Lawnscapes

    AJ Lawnscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 322

    Hmmm... learn something new everyday. I didn't know that the mounds were built with bricks, thought it was just a bunch of compacted sand.

    Looks good, thanks for learning me good today!
     
  6. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,895

    I am still learning myself. Yes, unfired clay bricks are what I used - 435 so far and I need about 90 more to finish the other batter's box. In all of the reading I did and the little bit of repair work I have done with mound clay, this seemed like the best way to go. Based on how many times some of them had to be reset to get everything right, I now know working with bagged clay would have been tougher.

    Thanks for your comments.
     
  7. jmoore16135

    jmoore16135 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    Great job! If that infield has an automated irrigation system, you might want to consider getting a tarp for the mound so it doesn't end up washing out.
     
  8. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,895

    Thank you. I am happy with it as a first try. Irrigation was put in last week but will probably not be live for one more week. We are looking at tarp options now and definitely plan to cover the mound and plate. My take on tarps is that they help keep mositure in as well as out. Both are important, but I have some things to learn about the specifics.
     
  9. jmoore16135

    jmoore16135 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    Very true with the tarps, keeping those mound bricks somewhat moist is very important. If those bricks dry out completly they will end up cracking and become loose resulting in a safety issue.
     
  10. Baseballer1100

    Baseballer1100 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 220

    When we built the mound at my school used clay and tamps. I felt like dying. the guide is also a good little tool I need to get a picture of ours. It is like that only it has little 1x1s that gradually get smaller hard to explain with out a picture.
     

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