|Standing on the completed warning track, from the left: Coach Paul Johnson, head coach Freddie Rappina, Ryan Krepp, coach Tim Brown, and Ryan Strand.|
A warning track is a 10-foot wide, 520 foot long track that warns outfielders that they have 10 feet before running into the fence, explained Jennifer Escott, Ryan’s mother. It’s a safety precaution.
Installing the track was a massive project, calling for dozens of people to cut up the existing sod and lay 54 tons of blue stone dust. Fairfax County donated eight tons of blue stone, and Krepp collected $1,300 from friends, family, and other scouts to purchase the rest.
|Volunteers dig up the sod.|
FCHS varsity baseball coach Freddie Rappina says it would have cost more than $6,000 if the school had to hire a private company to put in a warning track.
“Baseball has been an important part of my life, and I am excited to give back to my high school,” says Krepp. “With the improvements in the grass put in last year, and now the warning track, Falls Church High School’s baseball field looks great.”