The fire likely will thwart the league's plans to improve the playing field, which had been in the works for months,
Stone provided the Daily Pilot with security camera footage from a home near the park that appears to show a man setting fire to the booth at about
The video, which has been reviewed by
"The emotional distress of this person violating our home away from home has been a roller coaster," Stone said. "Every time I go back to the field, it's just really tough to take."
Neighbors noticed the blaze around
The fire destroyed the booth and everything inside, including gear for catchers, umpires and the speaker system. The flames also damaged bleachers on both sides of the booth and the netting above home plate.
The damage was estimated at
About 750 children ages 4 to 14 play in the league each year, Stone said.
"We just want to create a loving, safe environment for them to come and play baseball," he said.
Authorities said they are looking for the man in the video and encouraged anyone with information about the case to call the
The league is accepting donations to help fund the repairs through its website, hvll.org.
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