Williamsport Baseball bat vandalized


Williamsport, Lycoming County (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Williamsport is home to some incredible statues that represent the history of Little League baseball in the downtown. 

But there’s only that gets attention in a not so good way. A baseball bat keeps getting vandalized. 

Once again the metal bat on the statue has been damaged. Authorizes installed surveillance cameras just a month ago and now they hope this will help identify who did it this time. 

Last Sunday morning a camera captured two individuals intentionally walking toward the statue. A man shakes the statue while the woman with him is seen putting all her might down on the piece of metal bat. 

“It’s sad our community is dealing with (this) over and over again having to replace the bat,” said Melody Protasio of South Williamsport. 

This collection of statues called the ‘Bases Loaded Project’ was launched in 2014 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. Since then, the same player statue has been targeted four times. 

“It’s such a beautiful piece of art in our community and I just don’t understand why people are vandalizing it,” said Trisha Jasper of Williamsport. 

The Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce launched the project and has been dealing with the trouble ever since. In December, the Chamber stepped up to the plate and spent $5,000 on surveillance cameras to help police catch any vandals in the act. 

“To be able to follow through on prosecuting. If we catch them, they will be prosecuted. We are not going to just let them go,” said Jason Fink of the Chamber. 

Authorties now want you to look at the video above and look at the picture and see if you can recognize them. In the meantime, the Chamber hopes to use highway epoxy to stiffin’ the bat. 

“Be able to reinforce it and make it more rigid so there is not the ability to take and do what they’ve been doing here lately,” said Fink. 

Since it was vandalized, it has been bent back into place. Residents have a message to those who keep ruining the City landmark.

“Stop it! Stop it! It’s just juvenile. It’s ridiculious and it just hurts others,” said Protasio. 

“There is no point in doing this. All you are doing is hurting our community,” said Jasper. 

Just weeks before last year’s Little League World Series someone bent and stole the bat. It was temporarily replaced with a wooden bat for those from around the world to sign it while a replacement metal bat was made. 

If you have any information about the vandalism, call Williamsport Police at (570) 327-7560 or 911. 

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