Hole at Marion High School baseball field not sinkhole

Experts say 5-foot hole was caused by tree root disintegrating

Published On: Mar 11 2013 03:38:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 07 2013 11:35:04 AM EST
SPARR, Fla. -

Officials at a Florida high school canceled a few games after what appeared to be a small sinkhole opened on the baseball field.

Local 6 has learned that both baseball games and softball games on Thursday night have been canceled at North Marion High School after a small hole was discovered near a sprinkler in left field.

Experts determined the 12-inch diameter hole resulted when a root ball from a long-ago cut-down tree rotted and disintegrated. The dirt above the root ball gave away, resulting in a hole about 5 feet deep, according to Marion County Public Schools.

The hole will be filled with dirt and the area will be re-sod, officials said.