Moline coach asking for help to find stolen softball equipment

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MOLINE, Illinois - A Quad City coach is asking for the public's help in finding stolen softball equipment.

The Quad City Heat Fastpitch team is warming up for the season, but before the first game, players have been thrown a bad pitch.

"I didn`t expect somebody to stoop so low," said player, Kelsey Freeman.

Three weeks ago coach Chad Marshall headed for practice, but saw his truck was broken into and all of the team's softball equipment gone.

"The immediate feeling that I got was literally sick to my stomach," said Marshall.

Pitching machines, bats, everything was gone. It didn't stop there. Coach Marshall found the thieves also broke into his garage, taking even more equipment, buckets of softballs and a GoPro camera. All of the equipment bought by the coach.

"We have players on our team that come from some low-income or some single family homes so I try to help out as best as I can," said Marshall.

He says it's not about the money, but about his team, "They lost a lot of the really good tools to help them play the game better."

Coach Marshall thinks the equipment might be up for sale, so he's asking people to keep an eye out.

"Maybe someone will get a change of heart, who knows and bring that stuff to the girls," said Marshall.

Marshall is hoping the equipment will be returned before their first game in a couple of weeks.

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