East Haven baseball fields not ready for Little League

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – It’s little league baseball season in Connecticut, but parents say baseball fields in East Haven are too dangerous to play on.

Last night at home plate on Momauguin Field, four kids ended up with gashes on their arms and legs. Parents said their kids are coming home with serious injuries just from sliding.

“Four kids last night in a game, everyone of them came up cut,” said East Haven Little League coach Anthony Rignoli.

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They got hurt. They had some gashes on their legs. They had some holes in their hands.” Tina Lombardi said, “Right here in this dugout the kids knee ripped wide open, and that was sliding into second. He came out holding his pants, so it’s ripping right through the pants right through their skin.”

Rignoli said the four fields used for baseball and softball aren’t safe for kids the play on. “The town isn’t maintaining the fields as they should be.”

According to Rignoli, the fields aren’t level. There’s dirt where grass should be, and the ground is like playing on concrete.

“This is supposed to be nice and soft to slide in, and you’re sliding in foot first,” Rignoli said. “You are ripping your whole leg up. There’s nothing. There’s no dirt.”

Over 200 kids play in the East Haven Little League. Parents said some kids are scared to play baseball.

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“It’s like sliding on pavement. You are gonna get scraped up. You are going to get bruises,” Lombardi said. “The impact hurts when the ground is so hard. It’s not supposed to be that hard.”

Parents said they have asked the town of East Haven several times to make the fields safer, but nothing has been done. Rignoli said, “We need soft grounds so kids can run, slide, and play ball without the fear of being injured.”

News 8 reached out to the East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo‘s office several times Tuesday, but the Mayor declined to comment.

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