Vandals damage Spring Valley field

Mineral Daily News-Tribune
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Vandals heavily damaged a high school baseball field in West Virginia after a fence had been removed to accommodate the construction of a locker room clubhouse.

Tire tracks as much as 4 inches deep were left in the grassy areas of the baseball field at Spring Valley High School last week, coach Austin Pratt told WSAZ-TV. The joyride also damaged a sprinkler system.

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

Pratt said the field's sprinkler system had been repaired after not working for eight years, but one of the new sprinkler heads was jarred loose after a vehicle ran over it.

Pratt said thousands of dollars will be required to make the field playable again.