Foul balls frustrate neighbors near high schoolPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX - During baseball games at North High School in Phoenix, every crack of the bat makes Fredy Gonzalez cringe.
“It's been very annoying,” he said. “It's very frustrating that they won't help us in fixing this issue.”
The 'issue' Fredy is talking about?
Foul balls, flying over the field's fence into front yards just feet away.
Fredy showed us a bucket full he says he collected in a month's time, picked up after they came down on cars and smashed into windows.
“My wife has been hit in the knee. She's hit in her car. My niece the other was in the rocks and all of the sudden you hear the baseball just land right next to her,” Fredy said.
Teresa Delgadillo says she's had windows broken too.
“That's very expensive, $700, $600 dollars,” she said.
But lucky for Teresa, her landlord paid for repairs.
Not the case for Fredy and his family who own their home, and say coming out-of-pocket hundreds of dollars for repairs isn't in their game plan.
“We shouldn't have to pay if they break it,” he said. “You know, I'm expecting them to fix it.”
Fredy contacted the school but after more than a year of trying -- with no luck -- to get the windows fixed, he emailed 3 On Your Side for help.
“It has been a while and we have gone back several times and we don’t hear anything back from them,” he said.
The Phoenix Union High School district tells 3 On Your Side it's been clear all along.
“The District does not cover personal property off school property. A property loss report could be sent forward to the district, but unless there was a question of negligence on the part of the school district, it would not even be brought to the insurance trust.”
Fredy worries going through insurance will only raise their rates.
He maintains he shouldn't have to pay for something he didn't break and wants to see the District do more to step up to the plate.
To neighbors, stepping up to the plate also means installing more protection, like a net.
We asked the district about that.
They feel what they have up is adequate.