Volunteers support Lakeside Youth Baseball’s recovery from flooding

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — From the young to the young at heart, volunteers came out to clean up this morning, all in the name of getting Lakeside Youth Baseball back on its feet.

“We are really thankful for the outreach that we have from our communities and friends,” says Eusebio Santiago, the Lakeside Youth Baseball President.

On Friday, June 16, heavy rains caused a nearby creek to overflow, destroying thousands of dollars worth of damage to appliances in Lakeside’s concession stand, gear in its equipment room and its actual baseball fields.

Since then, a disaster mitigation company did a lot of the big work, but the league is still assessing the damage.

“We have freezers that are completely out,” explains Joe Waple, the Interim Concessions Director. “They will need replacements. We have some coolers where we have our beverages. They’re completely out.”

Today volunteers scrubbed away mildew and took over trash duty for the league.

“Get rid of stuff that didn’t get thrown away, that’s no good,” says Waple. “Looking through and making sure that we’re getting things that aren’t going to be quite saleable if you know what I mean.”

Santiago adds that Lakeside would not have made it to this point without the support of other local youth baseball leagues.

He says Glen Allen, Tuckahoe and Varina are donating baseball gear and helping to stock the concession stand.

Helping hands are coming from elsewhere too.

“Not only just regular citizens from the neighborhood but folks that actually played at Lakeside at one time or another,” Santiago says. “And not only recently, people who played here maybe 30 years ago, 40 years ago. I’d really like to thank all of them for reaching out to us and helping us during this time.”

Henrico County is in the process of fixing Lakeside’s fields, so All-Star Tournaments scheduled there this weekend have been moved.

Santiago says the fields are expected to be back open by mid-September in time for the fall season, and registration for the young athletes begins in August.

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