The baseball program at Hug High in Reno, Nev. needs a hug.
Indeed, the brave baseball competitors at the Nevada school have long competed without experience, needing to fund-raise just to have a shot at trying the game. Now Hug players are grappling with the stunning theft of more than $1,500 worth of bats, balls and even the team’s jerseys.
As reported by Reno ABC affiliate KOLO, the Hug High baseball scorekeeper’s storage shed was robbed of the equipment and uniforms. Luckily for the program, local advocates have already stepped forward to donate the stolen equipment, so the Hug program and players won’t miss a beat come 2017.
That doesn’t mean they don’t want to catch whoever took their goods.
“They really put out a great effort this past season in fundraising and getting things back on track,” Hug coach Trent Vass told KOLO. “There’s efforts to rebuild the field and do other things that we’re working on that they really bought into. So they’re pretty upset that someone from the town would do this to them.
“People just carelessly steal from them for no apparent reason. Most of this stuff is not going to have a ton of value to people. Even if you’re selling it you’re not going to have a ton of value out of it. It’s just upsetting. You wonder what people are thinking.”
Area police have asked the public to notify them of anyone offering or posting to sell a large amount of baseball equipment. For their part, the players and coaches are even willing to pass on that hug for information that will help officials find the culprit.