MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Dream Team, a 14U softball team from Montgomery, traveled to Kansas City last Sunday to compete in the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championship. According to Head Coach Roman McLeod, while the team planned to return to Montgomery this Sunday after a week of play the girls' trip was cut short after all of their equipment was stolen from the hotel they were staying at.
"They took all of the girls' bats, gloves, cleats, helmets and bags," McLeod said. "We also brought a generator with us and a pitching machine. All of that is gone."
The team had played an exhibition game on Tuesday and two pool games on Wednesday. The girls were preparing to start bracket play on Thursday, with a game scheduled for 10 a.m., when the coach called parents to say the team trailer had been stolen from the Holiday Inn parking lot where they were staying.
"We were all getting dressed when I got the call," Arthur Tinsley, father of one of the players, said. "I thought it was a prank."
McLeod said the equipment stolen could be worth anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000.
"My daughter has three bats, and each of them are 400 dollars," Tinsley said. "Their gloves can be up to 500 dollars. Each of their bags are worth like 2,000 dollars."
The team had to come back to Montgomery early, and the girls were not able to participate in any of the bracket games that counted in the tournament. While some groups expressed interest in supplying donations, they were not able to get them to the girls in time for them to play, so they had to forfeit.
Anyone who wants to donate to the team and help the girls get new equipment can do so at their GoFundMe page or by calling Coach McCleod at 334-235-0529.