Ashford University Field in Clinton traded the crack of the bat for the crack of shoulder pads Friday night.
The home of the Midwest League's Clinton LumberKings was transformed into a prep football field as Williamsburg took on Camanche in what was dubbed the LumberBowl.
End zones a little tight in the Lumber Bowl tonight. Williamsburg vs Camanche HS Football pic.twitter.com/513HVkwdMf
— Grant Eckenrod (@coachECK_wburg) September 16, 2016
We've seen something like this before — the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, Illinois and Northwestern playing at Wrigley Field — but never at the Iowa high school level.
"We have always wanted to use the facility for multi purpose events," LumberKings General Manager Ted Tornow said in a release. "This is a great event to start off that process with."
The LumberKings hosted an MWL playoff game Thursday night so, as reported by the Clinton Herald, the groundskeeping staff was up late getting the field ready.
— Zach James (@ZacharyWJames) September 16, 2016
That included removing the pitchers' mound.
"After the mound is done, it'll mostly be a matter of laying out the field and painting the lines that are required on a football field," head groundskeeper Alex Gilmore told the Clinton Herald.
— Clinton LumberKings (@LumberKings) September 16, 2016
Williamsburg ultimately rolled to a 55-7 victory to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in district play.
Now, time to wash out those dirt stains.
— Herald Sports (@CHerald_Sports) September 17, 2016