Southeast Arlington Little League Plays Ball Despite Theft

By Julie Fine
|  Thursday, Mar 13, 2014  |  Updated 10:24 AM CDT
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Thanks to a donation from the Texas Rangers, the Southeast Arlington Little League is ready to play ball this season. Their season was canceled last fall when $20,000 disappeared from their bank account.

Julie Fine, NBC 5 News

Thanks to a donation from the Texas Rangers, the Southeast Arlington Little League is ready to play ball this season. Their season was canceled last fall when $20,000 disappeared from their bank account.

Pitchers and catchers have officially reported for Southeast Arlington Little League and they can finally play ball.

Last fall, their season was canceled when more than $20,000 disappeared from the league's bank account and police arrested the group's president.

The money was to be used for everything from the fields to the uniforms, but now the league is on better financial footing thanks to the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, and players, made a $20,000 donation to the league in October so that the kids would be able to play ball this spring.

"When you miss out on something that is important to you, you generally appreciate what is going on the next time," said coach Marlon Goocher.

Enrollment is up. This year, there are more than 400 players. Including 9-year-old John Hunt.

"Having a season back is great. I am glad it is here," said Hunt

It has been a long wait. Hunt has been playing since he was three, but this spring he's back with his team and his parents are thrilled.

"We tried to find other places for him to play, but other leagues were booked up," said father Jack Hunt.

Meanwhile, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office said the former president, Claudia Yamell Castillo, has not yet been formally charged she is free on a $25,000 bond and remains under investigation.

The Southeast Arlington Little League season will officially be underway March 22.

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