April 27, 2014 12:05 AM

Field of schemes: Tacoma’s Pioneer Pony Baseball League

The pitch looked fat, aimed at sports parents with money: a high-end youth baseball league in Tacoma. The promise: a competitive league, high-quality coaching and tournaments. Slick uniforms, promotions, all the trimmings, all for the kids — at least 452 players ranging in age from 10 to 14. Scores of parents bought the line, including deputy prosecutors, law enforcement commanders and state Auditor Troy Kelley.

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