HAGERSTOWN -- Today is the first day of spring, a season that ushers in baseball and outdoor activities.
It follows a winter in which only 12 inches of snow fell from October to February in the Hagerstown area.
The winter's snowfall was mild compared with previous ones, according to www.i4weather.net, a Web site operated by local weather observer Greg Keefer. About 23.6 inches of snow fell in 2006-07, 14.4 inches fell in 2005-06 and 20.6 inches fell in 2004-05.
At Municipal Stadium, the home of the Hagerstown Suns, the Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals professional baseball team, things are just about ready for the 2008 season, Suns General Manager Will Smith said.
The team will play on a new infield at the April 11 home opener against the Lake County Captains.
"For the most part, it's about 98 percent done," Smith said. "They laid Kentucky bluegrass ... We're definitely getting there. There's no doubt we'll be ready in the next few weeks."