$3,000 worth of equipment stolen from Pine Hills Little League team

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Investigators said $3,000 worth of equipment was stolen from the Rolling Hills baseball park in Pine Hills on Monday.

Channel 9's Lori Brown found out the community is stepping up to keep those kids in the game.

It's a curveball Northwest Little League was not expecting.

“I've been playing for six years and this has never happened," said 10-year-old Michael Sowers.

The burglars cut a lock at the baseball park and took off with equipment and uniforms.

“They tried to tear the doors up here and bust the windows out, and they ended up getting in with a pry bar," said Harry Sowers, vice president of Northwest Little League.

The victims were 200 children ages 4 to 16.

“That's setting a bad example," said 10-year-old player Isiah Lester.

“We do this for the community and the kids. For them to come and take it from us, it's depressing," Harry said.

Orange County Parks and Recreation workers discovered the theft Monday morning after seeing a lock to the storage room was cut open.

The burglars also stole all of the league’s candy and the grill the team uses to sell hot dogs.

Without the candy and hot dog sales, there’s a lot less money to keep the league running.

Brighthouse Networks offered to donate $2,500 to help the league, and Lowes and Home Depot offered to donate a grill.