Repairs start at baseball field

February 5, 2008 6:54:12 PM PST
Vandals left a big mess at a youth sports complex -- and there's less than two weeks to go until baseball season starts. We first told you about the destruction on Monday. Now there's a reward in the case, but that's not all. Twenty-four hours ago, there was only the aftermath of a vandalism spree at a youth baseball complex -- a concession stand demolished, fences torn down, seating stands bent and metal roofs twisted. Today is a different story, with the air filled with the sounds of things being put right. The response has been incredible.

"We've had the people that supply all of our equipment and take care of the place contact me -- I've got to call them back," said Dan Howard with the Cy-Fair Sports Association. "Everybody wants to help. There's a barbecue place bringing out food tonight for everybody that's working. It's just been amazing."

A Wal-Mart district manager sent 20 employees over to make the ball field their work place for the day.

Wal-Mart employee Bridgette Flanagan explained, "They really encourage us to get involved in our communities, and that's what we've been known to do."

Those employees are working alongside mothers of young players.

"He said, 'Mom, are we going to be able to play?'" said parent DeeDee Morgan. "I told him, 'Absolutely.' So I'm doing everything I can to make sure that happens."

The complex has been vandalized before. Two weeks ago young intruders are said to have set a fire in a bathroom. But this was by far the worst damage. A reward has been offered to find the offenders. Plenty of people want them found, too.

Coach/volunteer Shawn Ina said, "I have a $2.5 million baseball field at Houston Christian. If they came to my field, I'd take care of them."

If you're interested in helping, there are details on the sports association's website. If you have any information on the vandals, you can call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A reward of $2,500 is being offered.

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