CLE Indians to the rescue! Team donates equipment to local little league after theft

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GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Cleveland Indians have come to the rescue of a local baseball league that was the victim of theft.

Police previously reported that thousands of dollars worth of baseball equipment belonging to the Garfield Heights Baseball League was stolen from the storage shed at Jack C. Donovan Park earlier this month.

**Watch a story about the theft at the bottom of this page**

Taken was more 30 to 40 aluminum bats, eight sets of catchers’ gear and other metal equipment. More than 100 kids between the ages of 6 and 15 play in the league.

Last week, some of the players were able to spend $2,000 on new equipment during a shopping spree at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Parma after help from the community.

Now, according to a release from the Cleveland Indians, the team thanks in part to Louisville Slugger, will donate new catchers’ gear to the league on Thursday night.

“One of our organization’s guiding commitments is to our community, and we’re proud to assist in the league’s time of need,” Rebecca Kodysh, the club’s Executive Director of Community Impact, said in the release.

The Indians say the league has been practicing but was in danger of not being able to begin without the stolen gear being replaced.

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