Vandals strike high school baseball complex


by FOTI KALLERGIS / KVUE News and photojournalist DAVID GARDNER

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 9:21 PM

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas - A presumed high school rivalry turned a ball field into a crime scene after vandals spray painted obscene graffiti all over the Dripping Springs baseball complex.

"As a community, we're pretty outraged about it, pretty distraught that they would do something like this to our team," said Dripping Springs High School Senior Evan Duvall.

Video obtained by KVUE News shows the obscene graffiti painted in gold. The damage could be seen on every structure at the baseball complex including the concession stand, press box, two dug outs, bases, equipment and the bleachers.

KVUE news also learned Tuesday that a stencil of the Marble Falls High School mascot was also painted on the wall of one of the dug outs. The phrase “Go Stangs” was also written on one of the wind screens.

Hays County Sheriff’s investigators confirmed they have contacted Marble Falls police and administrators at Marble Falls ISD in hopes of finding the vandals.

"You know I was shocked at the beginning," said Easton Bauer. "I didn't expect it to get to that level but I think after everything our team is going to use that to step up.”

The Dripping Springs Tigers are set to play against the Mustangs Tuesday night. The two teams are tied for first place in their district.

"You saw how quickly everyone came out here and pitched in and helped and cleaned everything up in such a great manner," said Duvall.

Tuesday morning, district crews painted over all the graffiti as Hays County investigators dusted for fingerprints on evidence that was left behind. In all, investigators  say there was more than $1500 in damages, making it a state jail felony.

"It can't hurt us, the only thing you can do is make us better and just pushes even harder," said Bauer.

"I'm very disappointed in the choice that they made,” said Dripping Springs Principal Kim Cousins. “I know that people are going to have rivals, and I know that teams are going to get fired up in a game, but this is the wrong way to take action. If they are caught, they will face serious consequences."

Hays County Sheriff’s deputies have been asked to closely patrol the area in the coming days. An armed constable was also assigned to be at Tuesday night’s game.


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