Little league returns to park with police patrols following shots fired

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It threw them a dangerous curve ball. Last week organizers of a Lexington little league group had to cancel practice for several days after someone fired shots near their park. The little leaguers returned to Wolf Run Park on Cross Keys Road but only after some security changes.

Monday was the Western Little League's first day back at bat. The sounds of kids having fun and playing baseball are what they want to hear, not the shots that rang out near Wolf Run Park on Thursday during the team's practice.

"There's always been kids playing, the basketball courts there have been people playing over there, so it's a very active area," said Will Shouse, a parent of one of the players.

That recent crime is too close for comfort and what kept the little league team away for a few days. But now with police patrolling this park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on week nights, parents say they feel much safer.

"I know things can happen either way, policeman or not, but the league made the right moves, and we were happy to hear that they suspended practices," said Shouse.

Since these boys are only 9 and 10 years old, they were curious as to why they wouldn't being kicking up dirt at Wolf Run Park for a bit. And Shouse says he filled in his little player on what was going on.

"He has not been worried or scared," said Shouse. "He makes sure that I stay around, but I stay around anyways. I'm close enough so that he can see me at practice, but he wasn't nervous about it at all."

Like Shouse, many parents stick around for practice. But following the unwanted noises from far "left field," seemingly every parent was there for the first practice back.

"There was a little bit of nervousness at the beginning, but I feel good about it," said Shouse. "I'm fine with it."

Overall, parents tell us they have trust in the league to make the right calls when it comes to their children's safety.

The Western Little League only practices at Wolf Run Park. They have games elsewhere. The shots were fired just two weeks into their baseball season.

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