Council Bluffs Christian Sports Association
It's supposed to be batter-up but with two weeks left until a Council Bluffs softball league is set to swing away - they can't. Thieves stole the start of their season.
The villains struck in the dead of winter and made off with gear needed to tend to the fields.
The concession stands are protected by a heavy metal slab and industrial locks. Security is a big part of keeping a softball complex covering several acres up and running.
Terry Spencer, president of the Council Bluffs Christian Sports Association, said, “They are always trying to bust into the front of the concession stands. You can see where all the marks are at on the front of the doors."
Spencer explains that a few years ago his softball organization paid for insurance to protect the property and equipment used in its upkeep.
"We are just trying to provide some place that families can come and not have to worry about some of the unpleasantries that they have at other places."
But now with the 2014 season set to get under way Spencer has no way of taking care of his fields.
The organization was hit in December when thieves broke the lock off a container and took the equipment inside that is needed to get ready for the season. That equipment was valued at $15,000 but the insurance company had adjusted the coverage to about $100.
Spencer said, “We tried to renew last year. They had made some changes without telling us. They told us the deductibles were going up and the premiums were going up and we were accepting of that. There wasn't supposed to be any other changes."
The infields need to be dragged and groomed. The outfield grass needs to be cut and sprayed for weeds. Spencer says there's work to do and people wanting to get it done but they are stuck.
“There's not a whole lot we can do,” he said. “A lot of praying."
Spencer says the organization has filed a complaint with the Iowa Insurance Division. They are waiting for a response.