There is a large dog, a mastiff, in one of the yards that abuts the fence in the outfield of the Pleasant Grove High baseball field. But for years, Vikings coach Darrin Henry said, it was the house next door that scared his players and ultimately produced a story with all the makings of the “The Sandlot.”
The problem started when Henry’s son, Payton, started to take batting practice. On his way to becoming a catcher in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization, Henry hit plenty of homers for the Vikings — much to the chagrin of the homeowner behind left field.
“No one ever really hit the ball over there in his yard before, but when Payton came through, he would put it over the fence a lot,” Darrin Henry says. “We didn’t know what to do. We had him hitting with wood bats, and it wasn’t working.”
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