By Tamas Mondovics
Wild hogs have been rummaging and snorting their way through yards and fields for years in and around Lithia and residents do not like seeing the unwelcome guests crossing the roadways at just about any given time of the day.
While generally these unwanted visitors have plenty of space and fields to turn upside-down, on occasion they have been known to snort their way a bit too close for comfort.
Such was the case last month when the Pinecrest Little League Baseball complex became the choice of the boars’ invasion. Interested only in their own form of victory, the boars successfully caused the facility’s major league and senior field approximately $5,000 in damage.
“We have been the unfortunate victims, or should I say recipients, of our friendly area wild boars,” said League spokesperson, Janalee Jones, adding that the notorious hogs were able to burrow under the chainlink fences in two areas on two different occasions over the same weekend.
“Once through the fence onto our senior league field, the hogs were able to root for grub worms and other insects, causing thousands of dollars in expected repairs,” she said. “In order to prevent this from happening in the future we are in need of community help.”
Jones emphasized that the league could use community support from local landscaping and sod companies, volunteers to assist with cleaning the perimeter of the fields, lawn fertilizer and pest control company to assist with field quality as well as a land clearing or farming company to lease or donate equipment.
There is a silver lining in all of this for those that are willing to lend a hand in the form of an exchange of services to offer sponsorship marketing and recognition.
“This could include banners, printed, website and social media recognition,” Jones said.
Of course, the show must go on as coaches, players and their fans are extending a warm welcome to all who would like to come out and support the league and to sign up for fall ball on Saturday, August 3 and 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Families are encouraged to visit the fields and become a part of the League’s long history and community presence.
For more information about the league please, call 737-4052 or visit, http://www.eteamz.com/PinecrestLittleLeague/.