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Girls Softball Pitching Machines Stolen From IB Sports Park

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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:38 pm

Two Girls Softball pitching machines were stolen from their storage facility at Sports Park between the night of July 5 and the morning of July 6. The two machines are valued at $1,500 each and had been used for at least 10 years.

They had been recently refurbished with new wheels valued at $300, updated electrical cords and a new dolly had been purchased for one of them.

Girls Softball League President Matthew McCoy discovered the metal piece on which the lock slides on had been broken and when he opened the door he realized the two machines were missing. No other equipment had been taken. McCoy also noticed the fence near the batting cages had been cut and the pitching machines, weighing about 100 pounds each, were probably loaded onto a vehicle from there.

Each new machine cost $1,500 to purchase and McCoy hopes to have enough money to buy at least one pitching machine by September when the season starts again. McCoy has set up a go fund me account for donations and by Monday morning $650 had been collected. “We are a small league. This is a big hit. The machines are a big part of what we have. Each donation counts,” he said.

“Pitching machines are great tools for the kids to learn and grow as a player,” said McCoy. “Being a small league, it is a financial burden to purchase new ones.”

“This has happened to other leagues,” said McCoy of the theft. He keeps checking Craig’s list in case he sees the machines for sale on the site which he would easily recognize.

Anyone interested in making a donation to purchase new pitching machines for the Girls Softball team can log on to gofundme.com, go to the Imperial Beach link, scroll down to Stolen Pitching Machines Recovery by Matthew McCoy.

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