Hot bats lead firefighters to an 8-4 win over police in charity softball game
By Joe Bachman
PLOVER — Local police and firefighters took part in the national pastime, as they held a charity softball game to raise money for local veterans on Sunday.
Held on the field at Doug’s Sports Pub, Team Hoses picked up an 8-4 win over the Guns, as the firefighters get one back after dropping the race competition to police in August. Pitching for the winning squad was firefighter Casey Bielen, who only gave up one run through seven innings in a valiant effort. He went up against pitcher Lance Lewis, in what would be a pitcher’s duel early on.
After three innings, only one runner from each side crossed home plate, making it 1-1. Frank Minervini was sent home on an RBI to make it 2-1 firefighters after five. However, Minervini wasn’t done yet, as his RBI in the sixth inning opened up the flood gates for the Hoses, as their hot bats put up five runs in the inning giving them a 7-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
A base hit by Guns’ Austin Lee started a short rally by police in the seventh, driving in an RBI and putting up two runs to make it 7-3. While police had a fighting chance, it was Hoses’ Ethan Przybelski who picked up an eighth inning triple to seal the deal for firefighters, sending another runner home to make it 8-3. He would go 3-for-4 on the day, and was arguably the game’s MVP.
Police sent in another run late, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a five-run deficit, as the firefighters defeated police 8-4. Mayor Mike Wiza was on hand as the game’s umpire.
In total, the game raised $850 for local veterans.