On Friday the infield sod was to have been removed, but the work was postponed. Once the existing sod has been taken out new infield grass will be laid, according to Andy Dorian, director of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department.

Work at Clemens Field in Hannibal continues in preparation for the Hoots’ inaugural season.

On Friday the infield sod was to have been removed, but the work was postponed. Once the existing sod has been taken out new infield grass will be laid, according to Andy Dorian, director of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department.

“At some point in time in the next week or two we have a sod order coming in and we will re-sod the infield,” he said. “We’re going to do that using parks staff and some of the Hoots people.”

A step has recently been taken to enhance security at the ballpark, which periodically is the target of vandals.

“We’re going ahead and replacing all the locks on everything,” said Dorian. “We don’t know who has gotten keys over the years. They (Hoots) think maybe they’ve had a rogue person in and out of there, so just to be safe we’ve gotten American Glass to get all those locks changed.”

A major playing surface change will be seen very soon.

“We have finally picked a new warning track surface that we are going to get. We will start working on that pretty soon,” said Dorian.

An important amenity for the Hoots’ players could soon be under construction.

“Aron (Lee, assistant parks department director) is going over with them (Hoots officials) to QU (Quincy University) on Monday to take a look at a batting cage. We might pattern off of it and build one ourselves in-house,” said Dorian.

A lot of work remains to be done, according to Dorian.

“It (start of Hoots’ season) is getting closer and closer to game day,” he said. “There will be more projects to do at Clemens, but things are going well.”

Clemens Field will not just be the habitat of the Hoots this summer.

“We know we have 12 to 15 Legion dates booked already. The Hoots are booked and we have a massive tournament coming in,” said Dorian, referring to a 35-team tourney that has been scheduled during the month of June.

The tournament, according to Dorian, is being organized by the Hoots.

“They put on tournaments all over the country,” he said. “Most of them are in very big towns, but this was the one that booked up fastest. It has something to do with people wanting to come to Hannibal.”

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com