Bainbridge Police, Firefighters Hold Inaugural Charity Softball Game
June 27, 2024 by Alan Kornspan

At River Road Park on June 22, Bainbridge Township rescue services faced off during an inaugural police vs. fire charity softball game co-organized by Bainbridge Township Police Officers Joe Godec and Steve Tuma.

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At River Road Park on June 22, Bainbridge Township rescue services faced off during an inaugural police vs. fire charity softball game co-organized by Bainbridge Township Police Officers Joe Godec and Steve Tuma.

For the game, the Fire Department defeated the Police Department by a score of 18-7 in seven innings.

Godec said they’d hoped to bring officers and firefighters together away from work to simultaneously build cohesion and raise money for charity.

For its charity, the Police Department chose the Shop with a Cop program.

Every year, a few children in need are selected by the program to shop for Christmas presents at Walmart for themselves or their family. The children are also provided breakfast at the Bainbridge Township Police Department, then are brought back to the station afterwards to wrap the gifts and enjoy some lunch.

Firefighter Paul McClintock organized the Bainbridge Township Fire Department Softball Team, which was raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“It’s a police vs. fire softball game; we do it for charity,” McClintock said after the game. “We were just looking for an opportunity to get out and have some fun.

“We work hard during the week, and we look forward to spending time with the community, raise a few bucks for charity and just get out and experience life.”

“It was a phenomenal day,” he added. “Yes, we won, but the police did a phenomenal job of setting this thing up. They did a majority of the work. We appreciate them and look forward to next year.”

The Police Department got out to an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. However, the Fire Department responded with five runs in the bottom of the first inning.

The Firefighters then added four runs in the second inning and three runs in the third inning to take a 12-1 lead.

The Police scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 12-5.

Throughout the final three innings, the Firefighters added another six runs and the Police scored twice to make the final score 18-7.

Playing a great game for the Firefighters was Greg Savel, who played third base and plays softball every Sunday in a local softball league.

Savel said the inaugural charity softball game was a lot of fun.

“I had an absolute blast,” Savel said. “I was a little anxious last night because I was not sure how competitive it was going to be, but playing with the Police, it was just an absolute blast. I had fun.”

With that, McClintock reiterated that the game is going to be an annual event.

“Next year we’re hoping to have food trucks and some entertainment for the kids,” McClintock said. “We’re going to build this every year to try to do more for the community. We’re looking forward to it.”