BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Less than 24 hours after the Branford Little League put up a new batting cage at Sliney Field, it was vandalized.
“Just over two weeks ago we put this net up, it looks like it’s been here forever. We came back the Sunday morning, repaired it with ties and it was vandalized that Sunday evening,” said President of Branford Little League, Scott Villa.
Local Branford businesses and volunteers donated time and money to get the kids a new net for the batting cage.
“We are doing things to better the fields and then the very next day we are noticing this continuous vandalism,” said Kristina Torre, who is a parent of a player.
Since the new one was put up two weeks ago, it has been vandalized three times. There are too many holes to repair it. There’s a back-up cage, but with more than 350 kids in the league, there’s not room for everyone. Some kids won’t get a chance to practice.
“We are doing so much we can for the children of Branford to get them a top notch facility and the more we seem to try to do something the more someone seems to be putting a road block in front of us,” said Villa.
The batting cage is next to Foote Park where kids play. Villa says that’s a safety concern.
“Once you put holes on the side of a batting cage, it makes it very dangerous to be standing next to. It makes it dangerous to be anywhere near the batting cage because the balls will come flying out,” said Villa.
“I don’t know who is doing this vandalism, but I hope whoever it is gets caught,” said Torre.
The Branford Little League is hoping to raise money for a new net at the Stony Creek Brewery, May 6. Find out more information here.