UPDATE | Teens charged in Spring Valley ballfield vandalism

Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 9:34 PM EST
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UPDATE 1/19/21 @ 11:59 p.m.

WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have confessed to the vandalism at Spring Valley High School’s baseball field.

Timberwolves coach Austin Pratt said two adults who took responsibility are not from the Spring Valley community.

Two to 4-inch deep tire marks are all over the field and a sprinkler system that finally works after eight years now needs some repairs.

The vandalism happened while the team was in the middle of doing renovations.

These repairs will set them back thousands of dollars.

According to Spring Valley’s Athletic Director Criminal charges have been filed against the two 18-year-olds who are currently high school students. He declined to say what school they attend.

ORIGINAL STORY 1/15/21

WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - After already having to wait to begin their season, another strike is against the Spring Valley High School baseball team after an overnight vandalism earlier this week.

“We were in the process of building a locker room clubhouse for our kids that is needed. That’s why the fence was down. We had to pour the concrete in, and that’s how the people entered the field,” head baseball coach Austin Pratt said.

Driving over a section of concrete through the open area, tire tracks of roughly 2 to 4 inches are left on the grass.

Additional equipment was damaged.

“Our sprinkler system hadn’t been working for eight years, and we finally got it repaired. One of the new sprinkler heads we put in ... it’s really loose now from where one of the tire marks hit,” Pratt said.

These damages collectively make playing baseball a safety hazard.

“All parts of the field, the balls gonna pop up and hit somebody in the face,” Pratt said.

Although West Virginia spring sports are allowed to resume in just under a month, Pratt says until these damages are fixed, their field is unplayable.

Pratt says thousands of dollars will have to go into these repairs -- money that has been hard to come by, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Senior player Hank Hinchman was devastated by the aftermath of the field, and hopes to see a homerun for the field’s repairs sometime in the near future.

“Myself and the other seniors are pretty upset cause we don’t know if were gonna have a whole lot of time to get practices and games in before march,” Hinchman said.

Donations to help repair the field can be sent to: Spring Valley Athletic Boosters Association, Spring Valley Baseball, PO BOX 1222, Ceredo, WV 25507

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