PHOENIX - One of the oldest Little League organizations in Arizona is reaching out to the community for help rebuilding a facility that was hit by vandals over the summer.
Michael Martinez Sr. told ABC15 that vandals took fencing from the T-ball and Minor Division fields, back stops, the outfield, dugouts and four complete sets of aluminum bleachers from the park located near 7th Street and Southern Avenue in Phoenix.
Martinez said the main field is operable but even that field needs new grass, an updated lighting electrical system, repairs to the scoreboard and to have the snack bar demolished and replaced.
Martinez said they hope to patch the field up enough to get through the season and go from there to make the rest of the repairs.
He said he has reached out to a sod company to at least get the main field back in shape, the only one that will be available this season.
Their ultimate goal is to start from the ground up and provide a baseball park to rival any in the Valley.
The South Mountain Little League first established its charter in 1953. It sent a team to the Little League World Series in 1965.
Martinez said on Saturday, January 18 a group from the Little League organization will be at Big 5 Sporting Goods at 35th Avenue and Baseline Road signing kids up for this summer's season.
Martinez says if you want to help, call him at 480-228-5784 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also an account at Wells Fargo for tax-deductible donations, account number 5495534942.