No longer a dream: Howard plays on home baseball field [photos]

The Howard baseball team lines up for their first home baseball game in years at Howard High School on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The community rallied to donate materials, and the team and volunteers worked to restore the field for the school's baseball program.

With less than an hour to go before the season's first pitch, the scene outside Howard's new high school baseball field was a beehive of activity. The list of things still to be done far exceeded the time available to accomplish each chore, but just as they've done for the better part of two months, everyone involved simply got to work.

Ringing cellphones were ignored as coaches and volunteers were busy dragging the infield, installing temporary bleachers and setting up portable heaters and metal folding chairs behind home plate. Bundled in heavy coats, scarves and gloves, other folks positioned a large table that would serve as the concession stand, complete with hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches and plenty of candy bars and drinks.