Little League bat undergoes repairs

PAT CROSSLEY/Sun-Gazette The Batter Up statue in Market Square is missing its bat again, but this time it’s not an act of vandalism. The bat was removed by Jason Fink, executive director of the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, in order to repair damage that occurred over the winter.

Motorists and pedestrians passing Market Square in Williamsport may have noticed the sudden disappearance once again of the bat from one of the Little League Baseball statues.

The bat has not been stolen, just temporary retired, according to Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Vice P­­resident Jason Fink.

With the bat having sustained some damage over the winter, it was decided to do some repairs before having it replaced.

“We are looking at getting the bent portion taken care of,” Fink said. “We just took it off this weekend.”

The bat has been stolen several times since the Little League display, a privately funded project known as Bases Loaded, was erected in 2014 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the youth organization.

Each corner of Market and Third streets has been given over to bronze figures depicting players and other Little League people.

The batter statue is on the northwest corner of Market Square along with a catcher and umpire.

Nearby, Little League founder Carl Stotz sits on a bench taking in the action.

Fink said a security camera is on the site to help prevent any vandalism to the displays.

He said the hope is to replace the bat and make it more secure than ever.

No timeframe has been given on repairing the bat.