"This is very discouraging," said Ed Gibson, president of the Cy Young Youth League.
Gibson is referring to an act of vandalism that took place between 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28 at the Little League ballfields off Neighbor Street in Necomerstown.
That act of vandalism consisted of spray painting obscene graffiti on the concession stand/bathrooms and the building at the softball field. He said the plexiglass was also spray painted and the water lines in the bathroom were punctured with water overflowing the restrooms when it was found by the groundskeeper Ron Porcher Thursday morning.
Efforts are already being taken to make repairs, however, many of the improvements (such as the new plumbing in the restrooms) was just completed the week before the vandalism took place. Gibson said painting will have to come once it gets warmer. However, the obscene language was painted over.
Opening day of ball season is set for April 30 but ball teams have already started practicing.
Gibson said they have insurance but will struggle to find the $500 needed for the deductible. He said the Cy Young Youth League is not a profitable organization. It is based on volunteers who help area youth (anywhere from 225 to 275 each year) ages 5 to 14 learn to play baseball or softball. The organization is named after Newcomerstown's most famous baseball player and resident, Cy Young.
In his 31 years of volunteering, "it was the worst I have ever seen," Gibson said about the vandalism.
He said he is discouraged to say the least, especially since many of the improvements were just made at the ballfields.
The Newcomerstown Police Department is actively pursuing leads on the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 498-6161.