When Rick Wilson was driving home from Germantown last May, he knew Angleberger Field in Baker Park was going to flood. Dark clouds filled the sky as his son used his phone to pull up the forecast, which called for 2 to 3 inches of rain.
Wilson has been Frederick American Little League’s president for more than 15 years. Whenever it rains that much, the field floods, he said.
The resulting damage is still seen, in part, today. The pitcher’s mound was flattened, and the bases and plugs were washed away. Fencing along the right field line was swept away, too, Wilson said.
“I happened to come out here the next morning ... and it was beyond anything that we’d ever had,” Wilson said.
Angleberger Field has been hit by flooding over the last few years. Bob Smith, Frederick’s deputy director of parks and recreation, said officials have completed some work to address that.
“We were able to add gravel underground drains in the T-ball field and in left field of the little league field to address the standing water,” Smith said in an email. “The new backstop fencing along with the fence down both foul lines has been completed. We were able to complete some initial regrading of the infield earlier this spring but unfortunately the rains returned and the area has remained too wet to continue.”
Smith said record rainfall from last year has continually delayed work. He added that officials are committed to restoring the field.
The damage has been estimated at roughly $35,000, Smith said.
“Once the field dries out, we will finish the additional grading, install sod in left field and complete the infield work,” Smith said.
Last May, the flooding was so substantial that Wilson said he saw a boat on the Golden Mile near Wawa, completing a water rescue.
“I mean, cars were underwater. And it was a lot of rain in a short amount of time,” Smith said.
Shortly after the flooding, local Little League organizations donated to Frederick American Little League, including those in Loudoun County, Virginia, and Rockville.
The donations totaled several thousand dollars, Wilson said.
“A lot of the leagues in our district kicked in money. ... You feel like it’s doom and gloom, and then all of a sudden, people want to donate,” he said.
“I don’t know what it is about this field. ... There’s a lot of people who played here, there’s a lot of history, which is why we’ll always use it,” Wilson added. “People will walk by here, they’ll sit. ... They’ll grab a hot dog and just watch the game.”