‘Fuelish’ error costs Clearfield High baseball team their home field advantage

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CLEARFIELD (ABC4 News) – A major error has the Clearfield High School baseball team without a home field and without a head coach.

Head Baseball Coach Steve Ross is on administrative leave while the Davis School District investigates an incident where he allegedly doused the infield dirt at Falcon Field with unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel and ignited it in order to dry up wet spots. 

An 8-year-old YouTube video shows the kind of technique is sometimes used to burn off small puddles of standing water.

Ross allegedly poured 15 to 20 gallons of fuel over several different areas. A parent complained about a strong smell of petroleum during a game against Fremont on March 23 and now the Davis County Health Department is helping the school district with the investigation.

Rachelle Blackham is Davis County’s Environmental Health Director. 

“We’re not concerned about the people who were there or anything like that,” Blackham said Tuesday. “But we are concerned about the product in the soil, you know contaminating the soil and possibly penetrating further down.”

They’re specifically worried that the fuel could seep into the groundwater so the field will now have to be dug out.

Davis School District Community Relations Supervisor Shauna Lund explained the process.

“There was another test that was done on Monday just to see how far spread the contamination is and where we need to start removing the dirt,” Lund told ABC4 News. “We’ll go down a few inches, make sure that it’s then clean and if it’s not clean we go down a few more inches and then all of that will be replaced.” 

Lund says there’s no estimate yet on how long the remediation will take or how much it will cost.

The Falcons are currently 6-4 on the year with their next game scheduled Friday at Roy High School.

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