Vandals damage Jeff High School’s baseball field

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 18 at 8:01 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Emotions are high after vandals destroyed Jeffersonville High School's baseball field late Friday night.

“The first emotion you go through is complete anger,” said Jeffersonville High School’s head baseball coach Matthew Rigsby.

Graffiti of profane images and words were spray painted in the dugout, on the field, and much of the baseball facilities. There was trash dumped all over the field and pieces of equipment broken.

“This goes against every set of unwritten rules we have,” said Rigsby. “It’s not just disrespecting Jeff, it’s disrespecting the game of baseball and that bothers me just as bad.”

Rigsby looks at the field in disgust at the ripped out baseball plates that were found on top of the dugout.

“This is a situation where a lot of people put in a lot of time and money to this program,” said Rigsby. “This is just a slap in the face to everybody.”

The unknown suspects were caught on the school's surveillance camera early Saturday morning.  The coach says it shows a black sedan with possibly three people in it driving away from the field.

Rigsby says the situation has been a motivation to his team as they prepare to battle through a 39 game season.

“Our kids are good about taking care of business on the field,” said Rigsby. “That’s where we'll deal with it. We wouldn't deal with it any other way but on the field.”

The coach says there has been an overwhelming amount of community support. He says most of the trash has been cleaned up and the field will be ready for the team’s first matchup against New Albany this Friday.

The Jeffersonville Police Department did not respond back about this story on Sunday when it aired.

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