Little League team in jeopardy after thieves steal copper wiring

Little League team in jeopardy

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Concerned parents of little league baseball players in Columbus may be left in the dark after thieves stole thousands of dollars of copper wiring from light poles on the field. 

The junior program with the Northern Little League organization started just this year. This division is just for the 13 and 14-year-olds because they play on the bigger field.

"Without the lights they can't play in the darkness, and I would have to suspend the game and move it to the next night to get the game in," Richard Bryant said. 

They will now play ball 30 minutes earlier to make sure the boys finish games before dark.

Bryant says they noticed the lack of light last week when they went to turn on the switch and only three banks connected to concrete poles came on.

Ernie Davis said this is for safety reasons.

"We contacted parks and recreation, and they found that the wires had been stolen; so we're having to move our games up and it's going to affect where we're looking to have Fall Ball for 13-14-year-olds, and we may not be able to have that because there won't be any lights to play under," Davis said.

Parents tell us they are worried about the future of this baseball league. 

"With parents working you really can't start a game before 5:30 because kids can't get here so it may end Fall Ball if we can't come up with the funds to get replace the copper and get our lights back," Beth Garcia said. 

Ernie Davis says it will cost about $20,000 to fix, emphasizing this is an activity that keeps the players active and out of trouble.

He also tells us this may affect Spring Ball in February if the lights are not fixed by then. 

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