By Ray Hamill — McKinleyville High baseball is facing a bill of $1300 in repairs after a senseless act of vandalism late last week.
A section of the recently installed windscreen on the outfield fence was set on fire on Friday night, and because the insurance deductible is larger than the cost of the damage, the Panthers will need to replace it themselves out of pocket.
“It’s just a drag you’ve got to worry about these things,” McKinleville head coach Scott St. John said. “These people just don’t realize all the hard work the coaches and non-paid volunteers are putting in to try and keep these fields in pristine shape.”
The fire was one of two acts of vandalism on the local sports fields this past week, with the surface of Bomber Field across from the Redwood Acres also damaged by a car or cars doing donuts while attending the fair.
The windscreen, which runs the entire length of the outfield fence, was put in last year at a cost of $5000.
“It came in three pieces, so luckily we can just replace the middle section,” St. John said.
The Panthers are looking for donations to help offset the cost.
Anyone interested in donating can contact St. John at 707-834-5512 or send a check, payable to McKinleyville Baseball, to 2525 Rita Avenue in McKinleville.