Tree planted on ball field
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what they believe may be a “senior prank” that damaged the baseball field at Queen Anne’s County High School, 125 Ruthsburg Road.
Someone planted a tree in front of the pitcher’s mound and scratched in the dirt on the mound “Earth Day 2017.” The incident happened sometime between Friday night, April 21, and 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, when it was discovered and reported. Saturday was Earth Day.
School officials first estimated damages at more than $2,000. The field had recently been redone, and at the time of the report, it was unknown if any of the water lines had been damaged.
Lt. Dale Patrick, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said once school employees checked further, the water lines were not involved. The tree was removed, and the dirt replaced and smoothed. Damages were revised to zero, he said.
Students were outside using the field Monday afternoon before it rained, he added.
The price tag, showing a cost of $139.99, was still on the tree, and deputies are attempting to trace it to find out where the tree was purchased.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office at 410-758-0770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips can also be sent by personal message to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Someone planted a tree in front of the pitcher’s mound on the baseball field at Queen Anne’s County High School overnight Friday to Saturday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO