Thieves Loot Vallejo High School Baseball Team

By Jeffrey Schaub, KCBS Radio

April 17, 2019
Vallejo Red Hawks Baseball Team (Photo credit: Jeffrey Schaub/KCBS Radio)

(Photo credit: Jeffrey Schaub/KCBS Radio)

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VALLEJO (KCBS RADIO) — Thieves recently stole prized equipment from the Vallejo High School baseball team.

The Red Hawks' sound system and control panel for the electronic scoreboard, which was donated by New York Yankees ace pitcher CC Sabathia to his alma mater, were taken during a weekend burglary. 

"It's a big loss for us here at Vallejo High, especially the baseball program, because the kids haven't had anything like this ever," said coach Tom Panjolinin. 

Ordinarily, once the players hit the field they hear their names ring out from the field announcer over the PA system. But as they geared up for a game against Pinole High, they just heard their coach's shouts. 

"It was pretty cool being able to go up, they call out your jersey number, your name," said pitcher Jalon Pittman. 

A GoFundMe account had raised more than $3,000 to replace the equipment by Tuesday evening. 

Still, Tammy Price who attends all of her son's home games, was aghast. 

"I think it's messed up that somebody, some people would steal from the kids that are doing good, staying out of trouble."