Wet microburst damages school's baseball field

LAS VEGAS - Uprooted trees and metal debris were found Tuesday hundreds of yards from where it originated.  The National Weather Service says a wet microburst caused the extensive damage to the southwest in the severe thunderstorms that rolled through the area on Monday

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The baseball field at Sierra Vista High School was completely unusable, so early Tuesday morning, teams of maintenance crews showed up early to clear and remove over a dozen snapped and uprooted trees.

"This had to be some kind of tornado or something," said Head Baseball Coach Joe Moyes, who came out to survey the damage from the storm.

The worst of the damage occurred on the diamond.

"It would have been dangerous to be out here," Moyes said as he walked carefully around the field.

The National Weather Service said gusty outflow of winds from severe storms ripped wooden panels and left metal signage scatted across the infield. Meteorologists at NWS believed based on the damage winds were gusting between 60-70 miles per hour near the high school.

Tuesday the grass was covered in glass from a street light behind the field, and the down fence rods looked more like the Mountain Lion track team went pole-vaulting in center field.

"We spend a lot of time on this field, it's like our second home," said an emotional Moyes. "It's very disheartening."

"We're about four or five hundred yards away from the softball field, and some of our signs and metal around here is in the softball fields. It must have been pretty powerful," Moyes said.

"It's tragic, said center fielder and utility player Cooper Kitrel. "Honestly its like you cant even relate to it."

After Coach Moyes left the field, players began arriving one by one. The players weren't there out of obligation, but out of pride as they cleared and cleaned their baseball "diamond in the rough."

"When you see it trashed like this it doesn't feel good," Kitrel and other members of his high school baseball team said. "Especially when it's your home." This is where I've spent all four years of my high school."

Coach Moyes says he hopes to use the destruction as a lesson in life for his players.

Tuesday Clark County School District said the district would assess the damage so that they can pay for the repairs.


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