Nelson Heat coaching and development officer Marty Grant inspects the damage at the club. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Vandals wreak havoc on baseball club


A local changing shed has become the target of recidivist vandalism.

The Nelson Heat baseball club has had the windows and toilets in its changing sheds smashed on several occasions.

The shed, opposite Garin College, is a council-owned building, sitting next to Avery Field.

Nelson Heat president Tom Kroos says the continued damage has been frustrating for both the council and the club.

“It’s been difficult. The first instance was right before an invitational meet, with teams from out of town. It was not a great look for Nelson and devastating for us to arrive and have that destruction.”

After repairing the windows four times, the vandals keep returning to inflict further damage.

Their latest rampage saw them smash their way in where they took to the toilets with baseball bats.

While no motive is yet clear, the club worries the attacks aren’t random and that they are the target.

“I don’t know if that’s the case here, but there has been a frequency of this senseless destruction.”

Police have yet to determine if it’s one person a group of individuals committing these crimes.

Tom says to have these senseless acts is most unfortunate as it is ultimately the children that suffer.

“What is difficult, a lot of people here, committee members, parents, coaches that sacrifice time to give kids sport and I think that’s one of the hardest parts.”