Community steps up to the plate for Parker County little league after theft

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by LAUREN ZAKALIK

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WFAA

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 6:30 PM

PEASTER, Texas -- The kids in Keena Wooster’s family were thrilled for baseball season to start again when they got the news.

“It was really kind of devastating,” she said.

She’s referring to what happened this week in Parker County. Noe McKinzie, a man who’d run the Peaster Little League for years, was arrested and booked Thursday after investigators say he took about $10,000 from the teams’ coffers.

Money that should’ve gone towards bats and balls was being spent on a truck down payment and fast food, according to Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.

“When you think about all those kiddos, it’s just a bad situation all the way around,” Fowler said.

“The shock’s still there,” said the Peaster Baseball Association’s new president, Chris Arnold. “It’s not over.”

The financial loss was crushing and Arnold thought there was no option than to end the season before it even began, leaving dozens of kids benched.

But where there’s bad, there’s often good.

Keena Wooster is one of many who are stepping up to the plate to salvage the season. Her company, Painting With A Twist, is now sponsoring the teams' uniforms.    

“We’re just trying to support the kiddos,” she said.

Arnold said now, thanks to the generosity of others, they will indeed be playing ball this spring.             

“The outpour has just been wonderful,” he said.

If you’d like to help out the Peaster Baseball Association, they have an account with the First Financial Bank in Weatherford. That number is 817-598-2500.

E-mail lzakalik@wfaa.com

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