Another Round of Thefts at Baseball Field Prove Costly

CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The sights and sounds of summer were on full display in Nicholas County Thursday night.

"They get to see where I played ball and they play ball here as well," said Lola Crowder

Crowder has two kids in Craigsville Little League.

However, America's past-time could soon mean time behind bars for someone.

"We noticed that the ground wires to our field lights had been stolen," said League President Libby Beckett.

Seventy feet of copper wire, worth about $200, was taken from seven poles recently.

It may sound like a small price, but the ripple effects keep spreading.

"We've had to suspend all of our night games," said Beckett, "approximately $700 income for our league through our concession stand."

Also included is putting more than 100 kids at risk.

"They get a ball hit to them pretty hard and they can't see very well to get the ball," said Crowder. "I mean, it could cause accidents."

What's worse is this theft isn't the first curve ball the park has seen.

"This marks the third or fourth time that our ground wires have been cut or stolen," said Beckett.

There's also a reason some fans are sitting on wooden bleachers.

"All of the aluminum was cut and stolen," said Beckett.

"It's really sad for the kids," said Crowder. "The kids can't enjoy something they're doing."

However, the field that's seen it's share of outs is still stepping up to the plate, hoping to knock one out of the park.


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