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Whiting Sports Complex adds turf Tee-ball field

2014-06-16T22:00:00Z 2014-06-18T20:16:20Z Whiting Sports Complex adds turf Tee-ball fieldJohn Burbridge john.burbridge@nwi.com, (219) 933-3371 nwitimes.com

WHITING | One more biscuit for breakfast and history would have been made.

"Someone hit the top of the fence the other day," Mark Harbin said. "So it's probably going to happen."

Granted, the fences at Whiting Municipal Sports complex give new meaning to the term "short porch." They measure around 90-feet down the first- and third-base lines, or about where the bases would be on a major league-sized field.

But being the first to go "yard" at the spanking-new athletic turf Tee-Ball would surely be the YouTube event of the year for the would-be player's proud parents.

Harbin is the projects and procurement manager for the City of Whiting. He is also a Tee-ball coach within Whiting Little League.

"This is great for kids just starting to play baseball," Harbin said. "Not only do they get to play on a clean surface without getting dirty while kicking holes in the infield, but it's a forgiving surface that gives you true bounces."

Mike Nastav, assistant to Whiting Parks supervisor Marty Jakubowski, says the field is easy to maintain and can be made ready to play on after a hard rain.

"And with a Little League regulation-sized infield, our Little League teams can practice on it when their fields are too muddy to play on," Nastav said.

Nastav, Jakubowski and Harbin all refer to the new Tee-Ball field as Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura's "baby."

"I've always been big on baseball," said Stahura, who has the distinction of watching a game at every major league ballpark except the Miami Marlins' new field, "but this was also a good business decision.

"The benefits of this field will pay for itself and then some for years to come."

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