Hampton baseball field recovering from vandalism

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Cleaning up before Saturday games is back to normal at the ballpark by Francis Mallory Elementary School.

Last year, the building was damaged by a suspicious fire, this week, it was spray-painted by vandals.

“You kind of feel down about it but like everything else you move on,” says volunteer Khirai Tyler.

Parents and players once again disappointed by the actions of others.

“The most important thing is the kids. That’s what we’re here for the kids. You got to have the attitude ”Hey we’re here to help the kids”. That’s what we’re going to continue to do,” Towanda Tyler says.

“In the end you’re planting seeds of hate and as people get older, they remember those things and those seeds plant root. Instead of planting seeds of hate through vandalism, how about planting seeds of love, take root and those things can grow up in our children instead,” says parent Duane Goodrich.

A message to those who keep destroying the field.

“Please stop. You’re making our job harder than what it needs to be. if you want to expel some energy, come out here and give some support,” Kahari Tyler says.

Coaches say because of the damage from last year’s fire, they have to tear down the concession building.

If you know anything about the spray-painting incident please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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