Joyrider destroys softball fields
THE softball season has yet to swing into action but Softball Maryborough has already been tossed a curveball.
The association is in a race against the clock to have their ground at Fairway Park up to playing standard after hoons caused significant damage to the Searle St softball fields.
A Maryborough Police spokesman said between 5pm on September 1 and 10.30am on September 2, trespassers used a vehicle to ram open a double gate and performed donuts about 20 times over the ground.
The damage caused ruts nearly 10cm deep, the worst of which are in the outfield of the main field.
Softball Maryborough president Vicki Warren said it couldn't have happened at a worse time with their new season about to begin in less than a month.
"It's devastating," she said. "There was a lot of hard work put in by a lot of people to get the fields up and running.
"With the new season starting, to have this now on top of everything makes it tough."
Warren said the association had to wait until their insurance company had assessed the damage and determined they were not covered by their policy before they could get stuck in and fix the fields.
She said it was difficult to put a value on how much it would cost to repair the fields, but said they would need soil, a mini excavator and labour.
"We can't technically play here at the moment because it's actually too dangerous," she said.
"Someone could break an ankle or could fall and break an arm or whatever, so while it is like that we can't play."
Despite the setback, Warren said the association was determined to get the fields into a safe condition.
Anyone with information regarding the offence can contact Maryborough Police on 4123 8111 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.