Taking Action: Hazel Green softball field vandalized

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HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT) - WHNT News 19 is taking action to help a local athletic group whose ball field was vandalized.

The Hazel Green Athletic Association says one of its softball fields at Billy Hunter Park was vandalized on Saturday.

"A truck came in, it took toward the infield and did a few donuts and then decided [the driver] wanted to go to the outfield and do some more donuts," said Association President Brandon Holt. "How can anybody do this to the kids?"

Many folks are wondering the same thing in the Hazel Green community.  The damaged field is one of eight at the park and it usually is the site of softball games for 8 to 12-year-old girls.

Holt says HGAA had just spent $1,500 redoing the infield last week.  The group was able to use leftover dirt from the project to fix the infield, but the damage to the outfield is expected to cost $1,200.

"We're here for the kids and the park is here for the kids and when we have to spend money to redo our fields and to redo our outfield that just takes money out of the kids, other stuff that they can have," said Holt.

Spring ball ended, but sign-ups for fall ball will start in August and the outfield will need to be fixed by then.

"We come here, we pay our money and we want to have a nice place for our kids to play," said Holt. "And it's hard to see your money getting spent on things that it shouldn't be spent on like that when we need other things. Other things that could be repaired or other things that we could use equipment-wise and then we're out here having to spend money on repairing somebody joy-riding on the fields."

WHNT News 19 took action and reached out to local law enforcement, who is looking into the matter.

We will continue to stay on top of this story, but if you know anything about this incident, please contact the Madison County Sheriff's Department at (256) 722-7181.


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