Vallejo youth baseball league vandalized again

June 15, 2010 5:22:32 PM PDT
The Vallejo youth baseball league is reeling from the destruction caused by vandals. This is the second time in seven days that someone has broken into their facility and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

The popular field is usually a haven for young people, but lately it's become a magnet for thieves and vandals, and officials and parents in the Vallejo Babe Ruth League say enough already.

"It's something that we're just going to have to overcome and keep on going," league board member John Larson said.

This time, vandals broke out 10 large Plexiglas windows in the league's press box, but couldn't get past the metal barriers behind the glass.

They left a note inside one of the windows, which has been turned over to the Vallejo Police Department.

"They left a note, addressed to Wilson Park, saying that 'next time to leave the doors unlocked,'" league vice president Alicia Griffin said.

A week ago, burglars broke into the same press box, which also serves as a league office.

They shattered expensive replacement bulbs for the field lights, destroyed league trophies and plaques and took about $300 worth of bats, helmets and baseballs. They also stole $400 in cash and sprayed gang graffiti on the walls and scoreboard.

The two incidents will cost the cash-strapped league several thousand dollars -- a tough hit to take given nearly half the league's 140 players couldn't pay their $130 registration fee this year.

"We don't turn any kids away because we want to provide and be able to provide something positive to all these kids in our community," Griffin said.

The problems come just as Vallejo prepares to host the state tournament for the 15 and unders.

"We'll be back, we'll be ready. We'll make this happen for the state tournament and will represent Vallejo real good," parent John Aguayo said.

The league has lost most of their donations and sponsors. Many local businesses had to walk away due to the current economic crisis.

If anyone wants to donate, call Jon Larsen from the Vallejo Babe Ruth Baseball League at 707 695-3663.


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