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Prankster strikes baseball field by planting tree

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FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) -

Sometimes there are things that just have you scratching your head.

That's the case in Franklin, as school administrators are trying to figure out who planted a tree smack-dab in the middle of the school's baseball field.

"I've been in education for 15 years, I've never heard or seen anything like this,” said Brian Bales, the athletic director at Franklin High School.

It all started with a Saturday phone call from the parks director suggesting that it may be a good idea to call off the team's scheduled doubleheader.

"When I got the phone call Saturday morning I thought, 'No way. You've got to be kidding me. There's no way there's a 25-foot tree in between our pitchers mound and home plate,'” Bales said.

That's exactly what was between the mound and home plate.

“I actually got in my car and drove down there. I live a mile away. Yes, there was a 25-foot tree in between the pitcher's mound and home plate,” Bales told FOX19 NOW.

The tree has since been removed, leaving a small patch in the field of dirt and some grass.

"At first I was kind of confused on who would do that, but you really can't do anything about it. It's funny,” said Cooper Daniels, who lives in Franklin.

Daniels and his buddy saw the tree when they came to the park Saturday morning.

"I saw the park crew out here taking it out. I stopped my bike, went up to the fence, and said, 'Is that really a tree in the middle of the field,'” said Jamie Harris of Franklin.

Some pranks go down as legendary, and this may be one of them.

“We assume it's a prank, maybe a senior prank. Somebody the other said it was the most environmentally safe prank ever played,” Bales said jokingly.

It's got thousands of mentions and tweets online. But, it still has school leadership shaking and scratching their heads.

"As of right now, we don't know who did it. But, if we find out who did it, I'm sure there will be some consequences,” said Bales.

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