Tallassee baseball field destroyed in severe weather

The dugout at 1st base.
The dugout at 1st base.
The dugout at 3rd base.
The dugout at 3rd base.

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TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) - Officials with the Tallassee Police Department confirm heavy damage to a baseball field in town after severe weather moved through the area Thursday evening.

WSFA 12 News viewer Mickey Gantt emailed several photos of the field to the My12 section of WSFA.COM in the aftermath showing concrete blocks thrown about. Both dugouts were destroyed in the weather.

Gantt said the winds took metal beams and metal from the roofs of the dugouts and destroyed the batting cages and a large section of the second field fencing.

The witness said two games were going on during the storm's approach, and after looking at WSFA 12 News' Doppler 12 StormVision radar via their Blackberries, parents and officials agreed to call the games and send everyone home.

"If we had decided to just ride the storm out and resume the game after then there is no doubt that the results would have been very bad for many people," Gantt said. "Not all new technology is bad!!"

There wasn't an immediate estimate available on how much it would cost to fix the field's damage.


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