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Baseball field leaves North Haven family ducking for cover


A baseball field is right next to the home of a North Haven family, and stray balls come flying in on a regular basis.

Recently, one narrowly missed hitting their 2-year-old's head.

On spring days, the Napolitano family is forced to stay indoors.

"One of the reasons we bought this house is because there's no traffic. There's no way for them to get into trouble," said Michele Napolitano. "We've got the perfect yard for them to play in. And we can't even utilize that."

The family's driveway is six feet away from the Demayo Baseball Field, which was built five years ago. It's the premiere playing area for the town.

However, the Napolitanos told Eyewitness News they're not playing when they're dodging fly balls.

"We've had them in the pool," said Michele Napolitano. "We've had them on the terrace. We've had them here in the yard, so there's nowhere safe."

The fly balls have dented the house and the family car. Last week, one came dangerously close when Michele Napolitano was with her 2-year-old on the back deck.

"If it could make a dent in my car like that, what could it do to a head?" she said.

First Selectman Michael Freda told Eyewitness News they've been trying to help for two years. They first put up a 15-foot net and when that didn't work, a 60-foot net.

"The net is the highest that we could possibly put without creating an additional liability," Freda said. "We had architectures involved, engineers, and structurally they told us this is the highest you can go."

Freda said they've spent more than $77,000 trying to fix the problem, and he just doesn't know what else he can do.

"I feel for Jim and Michelle," he said. "I really do. But short of moving the baseball field from the area, which we can't do because its a showcase high school field and the American Legion baseball field, there really is no other solution to this."

Freda said what he will do is make sure that during practices, players are hitting in enclosed batting cages.

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