By CHRISTIN COYNE
PEASTER - Youth baseball is back on in Peaster this spring.
The board of the Peaster Baseball Association is planning for a season thanks to an outpouring of support from the community in the wake of the arrest of the president of the Peaster Baseball Association, Noe McKinzie, on allegations he took $10,000 from the organization, leaving it in debt just weeks before the 2014 season was scheduled to start.
Thursday, parents and children were told the season had been cancelled due to the group’s financial situation, reportedly discovered in early February after a board member noticed red flags with account activity.
However, many have stepped up, donating money, volunteering their services and offering to help make baseball happen for students in the Peaster, Garner and Poolville areas of Parker County.
“The community has been overwhelming,” Chris Arnold, a board member with the PBA, told the Democrat Monday afternoon. “The response has been great. We’re still taking donations. We’re not quite where we need to be but we’re getting close.”
The Weatherford Little League contacted the group Thursday night after hearing the news of McKinzie’s arrest and met with the Peaster Baseball Association Sunday.
“We’re going to be playing with them,” Arnold said.
The Peaster Baseball Association will be playing games at the Weatherford Little League field and hopes to arrange games at Peaster’s field, as well.
“They are offering anything we need,” Arnold said. “All we have to do, he [Craig Slovak, president of the league] said if we need help with equipment and so forth, just let them know. They have been awesome. I cannot say enough great things about what they’ve done.”
A meeting for parents has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Peaster Elementary School in the cafeteria to discuss where the situation stands, the group’s plans for the season and what to expect over the next couple weeks.