Heartwell Baseball Inc. raises money after garbage cans set on fire, backstop on fire at Long Beach Park

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) – The backstop at Field 10 at Heartwell Park in Long Beach was damaged by a fire.

Heartwell Baseball Inc. is a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers who maintain the field and park so kids can play.

Volunteers say trash cans were set on fire on Sunday night.

“First and foremost, these fields that we have here that were damaged by fire were primarily serving four- to five-year-olds and our players with disabilities,” said Daniel Martinez, vice president of facilities for Heartwell Baseball Inc.

Baseball players say they are disappointed to hear about the damage.

“I was really devastated. I was in the school. I thought, ‘This is impossible. Why would anyone want to do that to a field where kids want to play here and feel safe,’” said Jake Spaulding, a Heartwell baseball player.

The new backstop was set up just three months ago by volunteers after hours of work.

Baseball players have ten games left in the season.

Heartwell Baseball Inc. created a GoFundMe to replace the damaged one and install cameras. They say that the current cameras in the park are not working.

The Long Beach Fire Department says there have been a total of three fires in the park recently. They say the baseball field investigation is ongoing.

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