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Vandal damages Schroon baseball field

Police seeking information

Don Sage, right, and John Milson of the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club survey the damage caused by vandals at the town baseball field. The field is located at the Fish & Game Club.

Don Sage, right, and John Milson of the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club survey the damage caused by vandals at the town baseball field. The field is located at the Fish & Game Club.

— Before Schroon Lake youth baseball players can take field next spring, they’ll have to repair it.

A vandal drove onto the Little League complex recently, destroying the outfield. The green grass is now a mess of tire tracks and mud.

The field is located at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club.

“I don’t why anyone would do this,” Don Sage, Fish & Game Club president, said. “They made a real mess of things. It’s really unfortunate.”

State police are investigating the incident, which occurred sometime during the first weekend of November.

Police have leads, Sage said. Based on the tire tracks, it’s believed a small pick up truck was used. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call state police at 532-7691.

John Milson, a Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club director, said a Boy Scout project is planned in the spring to rebuild fences and renovate dugouts at the baseball field. That project may have to be changed to repairing the outfield, he said.

The Schroon Lake Little League has played its games at the Fish & Game Club since the 1960s. While the club owns the land, it has a long-term agreement with league officials to allow its use.

“They (Little League) have their own insurance and we allow them to play,” Sage said. “We’re pleased they use our field.”

This isn’t the first act of vandalism at the Fish & Game Club. Besides damage to the building and grounds, there have been attempts to break into the club bar.

“There’s no money in the building; we make certain of that,” Sage said. “I think people are trying to steal the booze (alcohol).”

The most recent vandalism has prompted security discussions at the Fish & Game Club. Sage said the club is investigating an alarm system for the building and surveillance cameras for the grounds.

“It’s a major expense,” Sage said of security measures. “We hate to do it, but I think this is what it’s come down to.”

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