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Hillside Little League Field damaged for the second time in six years

Posted at 6:27 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 19:27:12-04

A big problem for an Omaha little league now left scrambling after a someone drove into a fence damaging grass and a bench.

Those using and living near the field at 78th and Western want answers and police are investigating. But for now, league officials are stuck trying to pick up the pieces. And it's not the first time.

Hillside little league officials say that the outpouring of support from the community, following this damage was unexpected. "I was angry because it's not the first time,” said Neil Moseman, the special projects director for the league. believes the incident happened Sunday night after games were held Sunday afternoon. “Drove through a fence, drove over some bleachers that actually are fairly new that were installed for parents to spectate our games,” he said.

In 2012, vandals stole copper wiring from the fields causing some scoreboards to go dark. That theft cost the league thousands of dollars to replace and this time they say it will take them several hundred dollars to repair. "You're just really hurting all the kids that live in the neighborhood, I just think it was really a stupid thing to do,” said Moseman. The money the league receives goes towards providing scholarships to children in the community to give them the opportunity to play softball and baseball. Now, that money will need to go towards repairs. “It's frustrating cause this is all about the kids and providing a benefit to the Omaha youth and someone comes in a disrupts it,” said Moseman.

However, after the post of the damage made the rounds on social media community members offered to chip in to get the damage fixed. "I’ve been surprised because folks actually do care and pay attention,” said Moseman, "I think actually a little help from the community will get it back in shape."

League officials don't have a time frame for when this will be fixed but the cleanup efforts have already started.