Equipment stolen from Imperial Beach softball league

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IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. -- Two pitching machines were stolen from an equipment shed for the Imperial Beach Girls Softball teams this past week.

President of IB Girls Softball, Matt McCoy, said it happened sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

McCoy said he was checking on a few things Wednesday afternoon when he noticed the shed lock broken. When he opened the door to the shed, he realized two of their pitching machines, each worth approximately $1,500, had vanished.

As he inspected the grounds, McCoy said he also noticed a chain link fence cut open near an alley where he believes the getaway vehicle had been waiting. He immediately called the Imperial Beach Sheriff's Department to report the incident.

The fall season is scheduled to begin in September. Meanwhile, about 120 girls, ages 4 to 16, are left without their pitching machines to help them practice live pitching.

Some of the girls on the teams said they were disappointed someone would steal from children.

McCoy said fundraisers would be set up in the near future to help raise funds to purchase new pitching machines. In the meantime, the team has set up a GoFundMe account for those who want to help donate.

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