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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) - As the Major League Baseball regular season comes to an end, Texas Rangers players and The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will make sure the game continues for some local little league players who were cheated out of their season.

The Southeast Arlington Little League was forced to cancel its 2013 fall season because it didn’t have the money to pay for the games. According to police, the thousands of dollars the players paid in dues and raised through fundraisers and concessions was stolen by the league’s former president.

Claudio Castillo (credit: Arlington Police)

Claudio Castillo (credit: Arlington Police)

Claudia Castillo was arrested and charged with theft after other Southeast Arlington Little League board members questioned her spending. An investigation revealed that Castillo charged nearly nine thousand dollars to the organization’s debit and credit cards. She also wrote about 14-thousand dollars worth of checks to herself or to cash, according to the arrest report. Castillo spent the money shopping and made several trips to nail salons. In all, police say Castillo stole more than 23-thousand dollars.

To help get the young players back on the field, the Rangers Foundation, along with Rangers players Elvis Andrus, Derek Holland, and Joe Nathan will present a $20,000 check to the Southeast Arlington Little League before the September 25 game against the Houston Astros. The Rangers have also donated more than 500 tickets to the game to Southeast Arlington Little League players.

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