Spring is officially here, and that means you’ll soon hear the fresh crack of the bat, tiny clouds of dust kicking up underneath players’ feet and stands filled with spectators chowing down on hotdogs and crackerjacks. Yup, it’s baseball season. If you’ve got a hankering for a bit of the action yourself, don’t worry. Sacramento has literally some of the best baseball fields in the nation for you to play on. Your tax dollars go a long way to make sure that your fields are well maintained and stay lighted at night. Check out a few of these fields for yourself and plan your weekend pick-up games with friends accordingly.
McAuliffe Baseball Fields
6080 Jed Smith Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826

Built in the late ’90s as local officials saw a need to provide a couple of quality fields for Sacramento’s burgeoning population, the Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ball Parks were built. With lights that surpass AAA minor league standards, the lights stretch a good 320 feet down both left and right field lines and 410 feet to center field. More than one generation of Sacramento’s own residents have played ball there, and many of their kids now do too. In total, there are three fields for you to choose from.

George Sim Community Baseball Fields
6207 Logan St.
Sacramento, CA 95824
(916) 808-6060

George Sim Community Park has vastly improved over just being a swimming pool and a place to wet your feet. The baseball fields are clean and very spacious, perfect for a friendly family game. Also, if you plan to make it a full affair with food and barbecuing, there are a couple of benches and grills. Be sure to also bring your lawn chairs as there are plenty of choice shade trees next to the baseball fields.

William Land Regional Park 
3800 Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 808-5200

With over 166 acres of recreational space, 23 picnic areas, one lighted Little League field and three adult regulation baseball fields, William Land Regional Park is one of the premier locations to get your baseball on. To give you a ballpark figure of just how big William Land Regional Park is, if you ran the entire length of trails on the vicinity, you will have covered close to six miles. Most people will know William Land Regional Park as home to Fairytale Town and the local zoo, but there are plenty of little league and adult sports going on year round. The parks are always clean and green, and there’s literally something for everyone to do.

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Playfields Park
2500 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95618
(530) 757-5626

Located on 16 acres of beautiful Davis countryside, Playfields Park is both aesthetically pleasing to play on and extremely functional as a field. Playfields Park features three full sized baseball fields (and softball fields). Plus, there are batting cages operational year-round except on Sundays after April 4. Head on over to the linked website to see the hours of operation. Rent out the fields after the sun goes down and get ready for some premier night action.

North Natomas Regional Park
2501 New Market Drive
Sacramento, CA 95835
(916) 808-5200

2013 marked the anticipated unveiling of a new set of baseball fields for Sacramento; a Little league field, youth softball field and a senior baseball field for the grownups. With professional landscaping, plenty of new amenities and pristine wide-open spaces, North Natomas Regional Park should definitely be on your list for a bit of baseball fun. Head on over to the link above for a Park Application and guide if you want to reserve any of these fields ahead of time. Boasting a beautiful dog park as well, this is also a great place to bring your pooch while the adults take a crack at the bat.

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Paulo Acoba is a California native raised in the Bay Area and living in the Central Valley. He enjoys distance running, cycling and grassroots motorsports. He holds a degree in management from the University of California Merced. Paulo has been writing for Examiner.com since 2012 and covering the Fresno area.