“Nice Save”: Oakland A's, Firefighters Donate $2,000 to Hayward Little League

“Play ball" will be heard in Hayward after all.

The upcoming season for the Tennyson Little League was in doubt after thieves stole the kids' fundraising money in a weekend break in.

Treasurer Jody Perry said the youth baseball clubhouse – an icon in town because of its brightly painted murals - was broken into on Sunday about 9:45 p.m. and a safe was taken containing the league’s rent money.

“I’m disgusted to say that neither us, nor the police think it is a coincidence that it was the weekend we collected our fundraiser,” Perry said on Wednesday. “Stealing that money is like directly stealing from the 200 kids our league serves each year.”

Now the Oakland A's and the Hayward Firefighters Association have stepped in with a "nice save," donating $2,000. And Hayward City Councilman Francisco Zermeño set up a GoFundMe site to help raise funds.

Most of the stolen money was covered by insurance, but Thursday’s gift will cover the $1,000 deductible with some funds left over.

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