The Charleston Men’s Senior Baseball League could be left swinging at air after approximately $10,000 meant to pay for 3,600 balls went missing.
On April 22, the league’s president, Sean Williams, visited the Mount Pleasant Police Department to report the possible theft of the money, which also would have covered the cost of jerseys.
A board member who had been tasked with purchasing the items wired the money from the league’s bank account in March, but the merchandise never showed, an incident report states.
“He went and ordered them, but we never received an invoice or any documentation,” Williams said.
Police Maj. Stan Gragg said the incident remains under investigation and no arrests have been made.
The Post and Courier has chosen not to identify the board member named by Williams because he has not been charged with a crime. A phone call placed to his home went unanswered Wednesday.
The league intended to order the balls from a Chinese vendor that the board member suggested, Williams said.
League officials initially suspected that the shipment of 300 dozen baseballs was held up overseas, Williams said. The balls were meant for the senior league and other town leagues.
But with no explanation from the board member in the weeks that followed, Williams said the group was led to believe that the money had been stolen.
The accused man was replaced on the board and banned from the league, Williams said.
The privately funded league is now scrimping to make up for the blow to its budget, Williams said. Instead of new balls that the league is accustomed to using each game, Williams said officials plan to recycle used baseballs from last season.
The league will only pay for games played at North Charleston High School’s field, instead of rotating venues, Williams said. Teams are welcome to purchase their own balls or pay to play at other fields, Williams said.