PHOTO GALLERY: Fire-Rescue hoses Police in Community Day softball

Marco Fire-Resuce hosed the Police, 22-12, as part of the Marco Island Community Day on Saturday at Winterberry Park.

There was some good-natured bantering, but for the most part it was serious softball.

The police could not be rescued from their miscues and overall outstanding play of the firefighters.

Sergio Deleon owned the day with his fielding and bat for Fire-Rescue. Donnie Jones was the winning pitcher, making some good fielding plays of his own.

A young lady, Peyton Batiato, went onto the field at the start of the game to offer each member of the police team a donut. Few took bites. Her dad, Dave, played for Fire-Rescue.

Most disheartening for them was that Fire-Rescue jumped off to a seven-run first inning and never looked back. It was 14-2 after three innings, 16-2 after four and 22-9 going into the final at bats for the Police.

The best defensive play of the game was by Police outfielder Kevin Hennings who made a diving, rolling catch.

Anna Marie Smith was there, waving pom poms for both teams.

“I’m cheering for both sides, because both of them helped save my life in October.”

Fire-Rescue’s Chris Bowden said of the large gathering who watched, “It was great to see the crowd. I think we all had a fun time and it is always good to see the public support all of us.”

The game was a joint fundraising event for the Police and Fire foundations.

Dianna Dohm, president of the Fire-Rescue Foundation, said, “It was an exciting day. I’m sure this will become an annual event.”

Monte Lazarus of the Police Foundation, came up with the idea of the game.

“When I was a kid in New York we had annual police and fire game,” he said. “It was a fun rivalry and the community really had a good time.”

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