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Damage on the diamond

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Vandals in vehicles destroy T-ball fields

By Molly Haines

“If they want to be destructive, they shouldn’t take it out on the youth of Owen County.”
Owen County Parks and Recreaction Director Buck Beverly left the park for a short time on Monday afternoon and when he returned a short time later, he saw what he called “senseless destruction.”
Two youth baseball fields, commonly referred to as the “small T-ball fields” were left unable to be played on after someone did “donuts” in the outfield and drove through the middle of the infield.
“They basically destroyed it,” Beverly said. “I had been out there, I left at about (1:45 p.m.) and got back around 3 p.m. It happened in that time frame.”
Beverly said he called Owenton City Police concerning the damage. The Owen County Sheriff’s Department was also contacted.
Beverly said both agencies came to the park around 6:30 p.m. Monday.
The police department and sheriff’s office could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday.
“I take a lot of pride in the park,” Beverly said. “I work extremely hard every day to get the ball fields ready for the kids. For someone to do something like this, it doesn’t make any sense.”
Games that were scheduled for the two fields for Tuesday were being moved to the softball fields.
Beverly said playing on the softball field was a total inconvenience because there is no concession stand in the area.
“At least the kids will be able to have their ball game,” Beverly said.
If anyone has any information on the destruction of the two fields, Beverly said he would encourage them to contact the him, the Owen County Judge-executive’s Office, the city police or sheriff’s office.