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Crews race to rebuild prized sports complex in Loretto, TN !

LORETTO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Loretto Sports Complex was considered one of the nicest sporting facilities in the state, but after a tornado touched down in November 2018, it was destroyed. 

“We lost our wall, our backstop, we lost the bleachers, the dugout,” Said Loretto Baseball Coach, Gary Lamm.  

There wasn’t much that didn’t have damage or need some kind of repairs.  

“It was heart breaking,” said Lamm, who was unsure his baseball team would be able to play on the field this season. 

The tornado struck quick and only lasted a few moments, but the destruction would cause more than $400,000 in damage and take months to clean up. 

“We spent a lot of time on the computer, on the phone, sitting and talking and trying to figure out how we were going to put this all together,” said Loretto Parks and Recreation Director, Mitch Webb. 

A devoted coach, city administrators and the community have all played a part in getting things cleaned up. The complex is still closed and construction is underway, but the hope is to have Gary Lamm field open for at least a few games this season. 

“I know our seniors would love to be able to play their senior season on this field here and that is what they keep asking,” said Lamm “I say we are doing our best we can and that is all we can do.”

The city hopes to add a few additional features to the sports complex once the original structures have been repaired or rebuilt. 

Loretto’s baseball season begins Wednesday when they take on Lawrence County. 

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