Gear lost in Little League larceny (7/2/09)

July 2, 2009

By Marianne Apfelbaum

Observer staff

Sometime between June 25 and 26, the Williston 11/12 All Star Little League storage shed at Williston Community Park was broken into. All the baseball equipment that had been packed away for an upcoming game was taken, along with two buckets of balls, according to police reports.

Coaches said the gear’s value was “at least $900-$1,000,” according to the report.

Tim O’Brien, a Little League coach, wrote in an e-mail to fellow coaches, “The real bummer of all of this is that there are some bats that our 2008 11/12 State Champion Williston Little League boys were given, after their trek to Bristol, Connecticut last summer, so there is a lot of sentimental value, as well.”

Word of the theft quickly spread through the community, and many stepped forward to help replace gear. Williston Little League President Mark Gagne noted the contributions: Randy Carpenter, a parent of a player, volunteered to fix the shed; Herb Goodrich donated a first baseman’s glove he originally bought for a Red Sox fantasy camp; an anonymous town from Little League District 1, to which Williston belongs, donated a bucket of balls; an anonymous man approached a Little League coach during a Summer League practice with the offer to buy whatever necessary; Peoples Trust Company donated $500 toward replacement equipment; Tom Fitzgerald of Mills & Greer Sporting Goods opened up his doors early on Saturday so the team could have equipment for a game that day.

“All of the above items are outstanding efforts and illustrate what many of us have come to realize — it’s a great community we live in!” Gagne wrote in an e-mail to the Observer.

Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call Williston Police at 878-6611.

Editor Greg Duggan contributed to this story.