Earth work has been taking place at Clemens Field, which is being made ready for the arrival of new infield grass.

The process of preparing Clemens Field in Hannibal for a summer’s worth of baseball was ongoing Thursday morning. Personnel from the parks and recreation department were busy hauling dirt to the “sod-less” infield and then smoothing the material out. Work has been focused on the right side of the infield were some existing soil had to be removed.

According to the Andy Dorian, director of the parks department, the dirt work is taking place to prepare the playing surface for new sod, which is expected to arrive in the near future.

The laying of the sod will reportedly be a joint effort between workers from the parks department and members of the Hannibal Hoots’ staff.

Also in the process of being redone is the ballpark’s warning track surface. A new material is being put down around the field, according to Dorian.