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West Springfield Little League issues warning of man who attempted to lure girl into vehicle

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A little league in Fairfax County is warning parents. They say a man tried to lure a young girl into his car during a game this weekend.

The West Springfield Little League has a safety officer on its board who generally oversees things like the safety of bats and batting helmets and making sure injuries get reported.

But for the first time in at least six years, the league is now dealing with a safety issue of a whole other kind.

It happened Sunday at Fenway Park behind Burke School. While young players faced off on the field, a seventh grade sibling of a player went to the parking lot to get a coat from her car. That is when she says a man in a red car approached her.

“A car approached and the individual in the car asked them to get into their car and help them with their GPS,” said Craig Stine, president of the West Springfield Little League. “She knew it wasn’t right.”

The girl said no and immediately returned to the game and told her mother, who was asked to report the incident to police.

Parents of other players are thankful the girl is okay, but shaken by the incident.

“You’re out here having fun,” said Scott Rippee, a coach and parent. “It’s an innocent environment for the kids to grow and when you have something that comes up like that, it puts everything in reality.”

“It makes me definitely nervous,” said parent Jamie Frogale. “It makes me think I need to have more conversations with kids about people approaching them, talking to them, and what they need to do.”

The league sent a letter to families of its 700-plus members warning them of the incident. It is a type of threat nobody can remember having.

“As soon as this incident came to our attention, we wanted all of our families to be aware of what had happened so they could be prepared if such an occurrence happened to them,” said Stine.

While kids between the ages of five and 12 continue to enjoy America’s pastime, their parents are being reminded to keep an eye on their children at the ball fields and make sure they don't go to cars or bathrooms by themselves.

There is only a very vague description of the man.

But the West Springfield Little League also notified a soccer league that uses the same facilities and emails have been circulating to other baseball leagues in the area, including one in Alexandria.

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