Reseda Cleveland baseball coach Scott Drootin arrived at his team’s facility on Saturday morning to a disappointing, even heartbreaking sight: the team’s field house facility had been broken into a badly vandalized, causing thousands of dollars of damage and missing property.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland program’s dedicated golf cart was smashed, and the clubhouse was completely ransacked, with thieves making off with a significant portion of the team’s equipment, ranging from gloves and hats to balls.
If that wasn’t enough, the infiltrators also damaged the baseball diamond itself, leaving Cleveland scrambling to repair the surface without having to delay any of the season’s schedule.
With the theft and vandalism coming in the middle of the season, Drootin is having to reach out for public donations to replace the gear, as the team will struggle to fulfill its equipment needs to field a team without more balls and gloves, not to mention hats identifying who the team is. How that fundraising effort will move forward remains to be seen, but Cleveland backers will certain hope it brings rapid results, in whatever form it takes.