Chaparral High School baseball coach Sam Messina finished mowing Jerry Dawson Field at around 6:30 on Sunday evening. Come Monday morning, the field was found vandalized.
A photo and video sent to azcentral sports showed a torn-up pitcher’s mound and equipment scattered around the field. The Firebird baseball team is scheduled to play Pinnacle at home on Monday afternoon.
But according to athletic director Tom Eubanks, the field will be repaired in time for the 4 p.m. baseball game.
“It looks like they just got onto the field and dug up the pitching rubber and kind of just threw some dirt around the infield,” Eubanks said. “There were some sandbags that were out around the pitcher’s mound, and it looked like they just dumped those out. Nothing too extreme.”
It also did not look like vehicles were used to damage the field.
Jerry Dawson Field was named the National Field of the Year in 2013 by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association. The school takes pride in the field’s condition, but the accessible nature of high school baseball fields opens the door for vandalism at times.
“People can hop a fence and they’re there,” Eubanks said. “I was a coach, and I have had to deal with it before.”
Despite the vandalism, Eubanks said that the school did not have to involve the police and that the field is pretty much at 100 percent.
“Just finishing up a little raking,” Eubanks said.
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