MOUNT AIRY, Md. (WJZ) — Over the weekend, hundreds of Maryland Little Leaguers celebrated the opening day of their season in Mount Airy.

But as Weijia Jiang explains, police say that night, someone destroyed much of their equipment.

Nestled in Mount Airy’s rolling hills is a field of dreams.  Nearly 400 kids, ages four through 14, who are part of Maryland’s four-county Little League, play baseball there six days a week.

“We try to make the field be like they’re playing on a major league baseball field,” said Jim Gill, Four County Little League.

But all the equipment and 15 bags of turf used to keep it that way were torched when the shed that housed it caught fire.  Investigators say it was an act of arson.

“It contained our tractor, tools, supplies—everything we needed to maintain that field,” Gill said.

State investigators believe the fire started in the toilet of a portable restroom that was stacked against the shed.  Nothing is left of it except the frame it used to sit on.

“They weren’t just burning a toilet for fun.  Our entire shed is now gone,” Gill said.

The field is located on the New Beginning Nazarene Church’s property.

“I don’t see it as a vendetta against the Little League or church.  We just seem an easy target for something they wanted to do,” said Pastor Paul Buchanan.

The league president hopes through the loss, the young players will gain something, too.

“If the wins and losses stay on the field, if we can teach the kids how to learn life lessons and live life better, that’s what this is about.  We’re all gonna help each other and bounce back.  Nothing’s going to stop us from playing baseball,” Gill said.

Right now, there are no leads.  Police urge anyone who knows what happened to report it.

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Comments (13)
  1. sheriff willie says:

    Rotten little pricks. Probably are jealous cause they’re not good enough players.

  2. AJ says:

    I am praying for you guys and hope the arsonist is caught and punished. Realize it might also have been just a mistake, also.

  3. pigeon says:

    Horrible people walking the face of this earth. There is absolutely no good or sane reason to do something this mean and irresponsible.
    AJ – no mistake. ” Investigators say it was an act of arson” is clearly noted in the report.
    Hopefully they have insurance. And, hopefully, the individual(s) who did this are caught, made to reimburse every penny, and given community service hours (at least 500 hours).

  4. Herman Glimsher says:


  5. Bullfrog says:

    What another sad story, WHERE ARE THE PARENTS! To do something so mean and hurtful is inexcusable. These people whether young or not need to be punished as an adult, because these actions are that of a adult. Any teenage/teenages commited such a crime also has a serious MENTAL PROBLEM and is need of help. Please find him/her soon! For the little leaguers MY BEST OF LUCK FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON, it sounds to me that the parental structure that you have is a gem in the rough hold on to him/them.

  6. sylvan finkelstein says:

    when you catch these little bas***t beat them down so bad they won’t think
    of doing bad things parental guidance anymore adults are more
    concerned about themselves then there kids.what ever happened to good old
    ass whippins

  7. ron says:

    this is sad, they are hurting the kids and thats the bottom line. it will come back on them

  8. Lemmingwinks says:

    its not like they burned down the church. But those responsible should still be punished. i think they should be tarred and feathered

  9. joe says:

    what a shame really i hope they get enough money from donations to get what they need and more

  10. Jessica says:

    OMG, who did this was supid if you didnt want something of your burn then why would that someone do it to someone else…

  11. ravenmaniac881 says:

    AJ….explain how it could have been an accident. Toilets don’t just catch fire.

  12. TAZ says:

    This is tragic… both for all the little leaguers and our society in general, that these senseless acts of vandilism happen. Hope the surrounding communities will rally ’round this situation, and help the little leaguers out with monetary and equipment donations. What is happening with our society?

    1. sheriffwillie says:

      The breakdown in family values. Even though many families are together in terms of parents, they do not communicate because of the selfish arrogant nature of what I want & I want it now. This is further fueled by the digital electronic devices that put a wall between couples sitting together but never talking. That’s just an overview.

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