In the past couple of weeks, city officials had mowed the outfield at Angleberger Field in an effort to make the field playable by the fall.
But several inches of rain hit the area Monday, including Baker Park. And Rick Wilson was messaged several photos of the field being underwater.
“I have to be honest with you — it’s a punch in the gut,” said Wilson, president of Frederick American Little League, which uses the field.
On Monday morning, Angleberger Field was completely underwater, and some of the outfield fence had been damaged. Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor surveyed the scene, and said that although Baker Park is designed to flood to prevent further damage downtown, that hurts Angleberger.
“Unlike some of the softball diamonds that seem to dry out and become usable relatively quickly, this Little League diamond has suffered its fair share of damage,” O’Connor said.
He added that city officials are looking at other locations for a field across the city for Frederick American.
Wilson said one of those locations could be at Hargett Farm along Butterfly Lane. O’Connor didn’t rule out that option, but he said city officials need to discuss the proposal with Wilson and league officials, as initial park plans didn’t include a Little League field.
“That doesn’t mean it can’t be a place for a Little League diamond,” O’Connor said.
Frederick American is using a $30,000 grant from Little League and Shockley Honda to restore a Little League field at Braddock Heights Community Center.
Wilson said that work should start in the next couple of weeks — but given the constant flooding at Angleberger, it’s time to start looking at other areas.
“There’s a lot of history, but how many times can you get kicked before you realize you have to do something else,” Wilson said. “I just feel bad for the kids.”