• College teams bring spring to stadium

    Haverhill's artificial turf baseball diamond is clear and game-ready.

    Haverhill’s artificial turf baseball diamond is clear and game-ready.

    Spring came to Trinity Stadium this weekend.

    Well, the sounds of spring, anyway, like the ping of baseballs connecting with bats and the thud when they hit leather mitts.

    Men’s baseball teams from three northeastern colleges traveled to Haverhill to use the stadium’s diamond this weekend.

    The schools — Felician College of New Jersey, St. Michael’s College of Vermont, and Southern Connecticut State University — are in areas that experienced severe weather last week.

    Felician and SCSU canceled classes on Thursday because of the weather.

    And all the schools’ baseball facilities — and some of their scheduled opponents’ — are unusable because of the extreme weather and heavy snowfall this winter.

    As a result, the teams are willing to travel in order to get a few games in.

    Haverhill Athletics and Wellness Director Tom O’Brien said Trinity Stadium is among only a handful of synthetic all-turf baseball facilities in New England.

    The Stadium Commission had the stadium plowed completely two weeks ago, when the snow was light and easily moved, O’Brien said.

    “The stadium facilities staff has been able to keep up with the few inches of snow we have received since then,” O’Brien said.

    It allowed him to reach out to the region’s college athletic directors to let them know the field would be ready as soon as this weekend and would be available to rent.

    College baseball season across the country begins in February.

    The team from Felician will travel nearly 500 miles round-trip to play in Haverhill this weekend.

    However, because of snow covering their playing fields, the schools have already had to cancel or postpone a portion of their early seasons.

    SCSU and St. Michael’s played Saturday afternoon.

    Felician plays two games today (Sunday, March 8) against SCSU at 11 a.m. and St. Michael’s at 2 p.m.



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