Muhlenberg Job Corps doing a little dirt work for the Muhlenberg Baseball Team
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Muhlenberg Job Corps doing a little dirt work for the Muhlenberg Baseball Team

Instructors Chuck Chaney and John Austin jumped at the chance to help Jerry Hancock, Muhlenberg High School Athletic Director, on a project for the baseball team. The high school team and the Muhlenberg Stallions were looking to improve the dirt areas of the infield. Once the red clay infield mix from Tennessee was purchased and hauled to the baseball field it was time for Muhlenberg Job Corps Heavy Equipment Operation trade to take the reins. The first step was to use the motor grader to peel ¾ inch of the top layer of field off and the use the front end loader to stock pile the material to be reused later. The HEO trade then spread two loads of the new red clay dirt. Once spread, the team then tilled, drug and compacted the dirt. The team then put the layer that had been peeled off back on top of the clay to be drug and compacted again. The last step was to water the field and this was just hours before for the Muhlenberg Stallions would have its opening night home games on June 4th.  John Austin, who in 2014 with Muhlenberg Job Corps built an entire baseball field from scratch for the community of Rochester said that these are the projects that he enjoys the most. John also stated that his family have a bond with the sport and that it goes way back before his days of playing for Muhlenberg North High. Muhlenberg Job Corps enjoyed the two day project and looked forward to helping on some other projects in the future. MJCC would also like to thank Tommy Barton from the Park & Rec helping on the project with his equipment and his time.

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