Softball League Thanks Highway Equipment

Updated: Apr 6, 2020


Kirsten Yost, granddaughter of Drums Office Manager Jim Marinko and member of the Pioneer Fire Co. softball team

In early July 2018, the All-American Girls Softball League (AAGSL) installed a 4x8-foot Highway Equipment & Supply Co. sign at their Hazleton, PA, field to thank the company for lending a Bobcat machine for infield repairs.


Located at the bottom of a hill, the AAGSL field flooded and was mud-covered by melting snow and heavy spring rains. They obtained 24 tons of Dima Tech sand to redo the infield, but the delivery truck was unable to get close enough to dump the sand.


"The load was dumped in the parking lot about 100 yards away from the field," said Drums Office Manager Jim Marinko. "The officials considered setting up a bucket brigade, where the girls would pass five gallon buckets of sand from the lot to the field."

Jim's daughter, softball league secretary Jennifer Yost, suggested a Bobcat could make short work of the project. Approved by Vice President Ryan Flood, Highway Equipment & Supply Co. loaned a Bobcat T550 compact track loader on May 11 to transport the sand from the parking lot to the infield, spread it around with the bucket, and level the infield. Within an evening, the field was playable for the start of the season on May 15.


"This is a great example of Highway going the extra mile by getting involved in community service deeds and increasing our visibility at the same time," said Jim.


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