LEBANON, Ohio (FOX19) - Baseball season is just a few short months away, but if it started right now, Lebanon’s little league teams would be short their favorite field.
The field was vandalized by what appears to be a joyrider doing donuts in their car. The result is a field gashed from tire marks, with deep grooves running in curves that look like shabby crop circles from above.
It isn’t the first time the field has been vandalized, but Lebanon Little League President Tony Giordullo says this is the worst it’s ever been.
“If this were April,” Giordullo said, “it’s unplayable.”
The field is reportedly used year-round by upwards of 400 kids, ages seven to 12.
“Now you’ve made holes, trenches out in the field where kids can run, twist their ankle," Giordullo said describing the damage. “If a ball’s hit out there, it could take a funny hop on a kid and hit them and hurt them.”
The league has other fields, but this one is the kids’ favorite, Giordullo explains.
“With this being a grass infield, it kinda made it a special field for kids to play on,” he said, “because it was a miniature-sized field like the big-league players play on.”
As of now, Lebanon taxpayers are on the hook for repairs.
To make sure it doesn’t happen again, the city is considering the possibility of extending the foul-line fences to close any gaps, which is how the joy-rider likely gained entry.
City officials say they’re in the process of filing a police report, though they say it will be difficult to catch whoever did this.
That’s why Giordullo is asking the joy-rider to come forward.
“Be brave enough to admit it,” he said.