Head Coach Christopher Vogt got a rude
welcoming when he showed up to work on Monday morning as he found his baseball
field had been vanadalized over the weekend. The coach wasn't sure when the
incident happened or who is behind it.
"At some point over the weekend someone
came onto our field and took our grooming machine for a joy ride, " said
While the majority of the damage is minor and
can be fixed with a good nail drag, the pitching mound took the brunt of the
vandals abuse and will take some major work to get into working
"The area from the rubber to the grass was
torn up bad," said Vogt. "There were holes 6-10 inches deep."
There was also some minor graffiti in the
dugout but Vogt said there was no paint used and it can be cleaned up.
The grooming machine also took some abuse as
the vandals appear to have broken the hydraulic arm on the drag which could be
a costly repair. "The district mechanics are coming out today to take a
look at it," said Vogt in preparation for the worst news.
The second year head coach has made it his
mission to change the culture at Ayala which hasn't had a winning season since
2006. Vogt and his staff have worked hard to get players to buy in to what
they're preaching and the team is beginning to see the results having lost only
three one-run games since the end of last season.
"The kids came on their winter break to
help with sod cutting and general maintenance," said Vogt. "The
players are upset because they have put so much time in only to have someone
disrespect their work."
Seems like great motivation for a hungry group
Update: As of Thursday, 1/31/13, no new leads have come forward during the investigation. Coach Vogt told me that the booster club has put up a reward for any information that leads to the apprehension of the culprits.