Vandals strike Fairfield American Little League field

In midst of tournament, allegations of cheating painted on scoreboard, dugouts

Friendly competition took a turn for the worse earlier this morning, when the Town of Fairfield woke up to one of its little league fields vandalized.

At around 7:30 a.m., police were notified that the Mill Hill School Little League Field, where Fairfield American Little League calls home, was vandalized. The scoreboard in the outfield had the word “cheaters” sprayed in white paint, while the home dugout and base of the press box were also vandalized in the same white paint.

The organization’s all-star teams in recent years have been a force in both state and New England Little League tournaments and was enjoying another successful run this season.

“Typically with any Little League games, you have the desire to win and we encourage that,” Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said. “There are always times where tensions erupt. But it’s never really goes to this level. We are looking into it and trying to see if we could gather information from surrounding neighbors or somebody that saw something after hours there.”

According to police, a team from Fairfield held a practice at the facility that lasted until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The vandals entered the facility some time after the practice.

“Whoever did this, whether it was one person or multiple people, didn’t do this in a vacuum,” MacNamara said. “There are other people that know what occurred and know why it occurred. We are hoping someone could call and come forward and let us know who did it.”

Fairfield American won the District championship over Norwalk last week and is currently competing in the state tournament.

“The fact that ‘cheaters’ was written on the field, we are pretty confident that it has something to do the fact that Fairfield American is progressing in the playoffs,” MacNamara said. “Do we know who? No. We have no indication that it’s somebody from the Norwalk team or any member or affiliation of the Norwalk team. We are talking to coaches to see if there was anything out of the ordinary that happened during the three-game series that would lead us to believe that there might be some animosity.

MacNamara stressed that this situation shouldn’t take away from the positives Fairfield has had this season and in the past.

“Fairfield Little League has had great success over the last several years and certainly the entire community is proud of that,” MacNamara said. “As they go farther into the playoffs, like any community, the amount of people that rally around the team is ever increasing. I don’t think this will disrupt their chances and make them lose their focus. They’re going to play great tonight and I hope they go as far as they can.”

A custodian estimated the cost to repair the damage at $10,000, police said.

— Rob Sullivan contributed to this story.

Graffiti alleging cheating is painted over at the home of the Fairfield American Little League Wednesday, July 23. (Paul Silverfarb Photo)

Graffiti alleging cheating is painted over at the home of the Fairfield American Little League Wednesday, July 23. (Paul Silverfarb Photo)

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