Spring is here, and that means most youth baseball leagues across northern Nevada have started practicing for the new season.
But, for the Fernley Babe Ruth League, next season could be on hold.
On Thursday, the league president went to take all the equipment out of a storage shed for the first day of practice. But, when she opened it up, everything was gone.
"All of our catchers' gear, bats, balls, mitts, helmets, emergency kits, pretty much everything for the season," says Annette Cooper.
Cooper says during the off-season, somebody opened the storage shed at Fernley Out-of-Town Park and stole $7,000 worth of equipment. The league doesn't know who is responsible, but Cooper says the lock was not broken.
There are 40 kids between the ages of 13 and 15 in the league. They plan on holding fundraiser's to help purchase new equipment. But they have a lot of work ahead of them.
"Disappointing for me because some of my friends are looking forward to a great season, and some of them are catchers, and they don't get to play," says 13-year-old Chayce Barba.
The league needs about $5,000 to play this season. If you'd like to help, you can contact the league through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High Desert Little League teams play at the same fields in Fernley. The league president told me in the last few years, their pitching machines have been stolen and batting cages and nets have been destroyed as well.