A cargo trailer used to support youth softball in Columbus County has been stolen.
Shane Hardee said the six by 10 foot trailer, emblazoned with the Dixie Softball girl logo and “Columbus County Dixie Softball” on the sides, was stolen from a Lake Waccamaw area business over the weekend.
Hardee said the theft will impact youth sports across the county.
“You’ve been robbed,” he posted on Facebook. “If you’ve ever paid admission to a tournament or paid for a girl to play softball in Columbus County, this includes you.”
The trailer was packed with coolers, tents, chairs, tables, and other materials used by the league to host games, collect admission at gates, and provide other support for teams and their parents. The trailer was used by local girls participating in the World Series as well as events here in the county, and was paid for by donations and admissions.
“We had everything from pens and paper to staples and money bags in there,” Hardee said. “We had it packed very efficiently. The league provides the equipment for the players, but the parents provided everything else, and it was in that trailer.”
The trailer was discovered missing from Danny Harrelson’s shop at the Lake Monday, Hardee said. The theft was reported to the sheriff’s department, Hardee said, but league faithful are hoping someone spots the distinctive trailer and calls 911.
“It’s going to stand out,” he said. Hardee also pointed out that while the trailer itself was expensive, it can be replaced.
“All the other supplies in there took a while to accumulate,” he said. “It’s been an expensive couple of years. “
Travelling to tournaments and World Series games has hit the league hard, Hardee said.
“We aren’t arguing with success,” he said. “We always strive for success. But it can be expensive. We didn’t expect to send multiple teams to the World Series. We weren’t prepared for it. I guess in a way it’s a good problem to have.”
Hardee said league organizers are trying to figure out their next move, since the start of the new season isn’t far away.
“It takes a pretty low person to steal from a child, but to steal from a whole ball league is something else,” Hardee said.
Hardee said the league will play on.
“This Saturday is the last day to sign your daughter up to play this year, so don’t procrastinate any longer,” he said.
If you have seen the trailer, or want more information about Dixie Softball, call Hardee at 910.840.9023.