Baseball teams use helicopter to dry field in Georgia

Baseball teams use helicopter to dry field in Georgia

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Baseball teams use helicopter to dry field in Georgia


Occasionally, a visionary among us steps forward to solve a pressing problem in a completely unique way. Apparently one King’s Ridge Christian School parent in Georgia is among that class, and there’s a high school baseball game in the record books to prove it.

As first reported by the Forsyth County News, a game between Pinecrest Academy and King’s Ridge was delayed in the fifth inning on Monday because of a torrential downpour, with Pinecrest leading 2-1. When the teams returned to Pinecrest on Tuesday to complete the contest, the field was still soaked through. With the surface unplayable, there was the possibility of canceling the re-start and having to push back the remainder of the contest on top of an already clogged schedule for the forthcoming weeks.

That solution wasn’t amenable to King’s Ridge coach Dallas McPherson, and while he and his Pinecrest counterpart discussed different ways to get in the game, they couldn’t come up with an ideal solution. That’s when a nearby King’s Ridge parent apparently caught wind of the dilemma and offered a possible solution: A helicopter.

No, this wasn’t an attempt to speed the two teams to another field. Rather, the unnamed parent (who has insisted on remaining anonymous, according to the County News) called in a helicopter to hover over the field and dry the surface with the air that compressed down from the twirling blades. As you can see in the Twitter photo above, the helicopter moved around the field less than six feet above the ground, eventually drying the infield surface sufficiently to make it safe for play.

And, while the final result didn’t go Pinecrest’s way — King’s Ridge staged an epic offensive outburst for a 13-2 victory — the school’s coach had to admit that the helicopter had succeeded in making the game as fair a fight as either coach could have hoped.

“It was definitely one the crazier things I’ve seen,” Pinecrest baseball coach Ryan Weingart told the County News. “It ended up working well. We were one of the few teams in the region that got a game in.”

And all because of a helicopter, and one very clever thinker with the resources to make it appear.


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