UPDATE: The Indianapolis Indians announced Thursday morning that they are working with the high school to replace equipment that was destroyed in a fire.
Jeffery Bredding said that they are overwhelmed with the announcement that the team will not only help with equipment, but also find someone to help fix their diamond.
They are also overwhelmed that so many people stepped up to help out. Any funds raised beyond the replacement costs will now go to collage scholarships for Manual High School students.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An Indianapolis high school was left without any baseball equipment after a fire.
Sometime Monday night, the storage shed at Emmerich Manual High School where the baseball team stores their equipment caught fire.
The fire destroyed all of the team's equipment, down to the bases they used. Now, a group of alumni from the 80's are trying to replace everything.
Practices are supposed to start in mid-March and now players and the coach are left depending on donations from alumni and the community.
“Some of these kids have nothing, they’re inner-city kids and some of them come from hardly anything and this is one of the lifelines to be able to keep doing something,” Jeffery Bredding, the team’s coach said.
Coach Jeff has had problems with trespassers in the past. He thinks someone broke in, plugged in something to try and stay warm. IFD tells us the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
If you’re interested in helping the team, you can contact Coach Jeff at Wheelguy1229@yahoo.com.