August 26, 2009

Semi-pro team is locked out of stadium

The Nashua, N.H., semi-pro baseball team will play its remaining home games in New Jersey after being locked out of its stadium, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said.

Lozeau has season tickets to the American Defenders of New Hampshire but ordered the locks on the gates changed before a game scheduled for Tuesday. That game was canceled and a front-end loader was parked on home plate, WMUR-TV, Manchester, N.H., reported Wednesday.

The mayor said the city is owed about $45,000 in back rent and municipal services. She said payment arrangements were made with the team, but the team didn't fulfill the agreement.

Team management was not available for comment, WMUR said.

The Can-Am League moved the team's seven remaining home games to Skyhawks Stadium in Augusta, N.J.

There are AA minor league teams in Manchester and in nearby Lowell, Mass.