Hoses soak Guns, 18-11

DSC_4040By Daniel Winningham
Whether a seasoned recreational softball player, or someone that hasn’t picked up a ball or bat in several months, it didn’t matter June 15.

Tied 11-11 through six innings, the Carlinville Fire Department tallied seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat the Carlinville Police Department to win the second annual Shop Local First Guns ‘N’ Hoses charity softball game, 18-11, at CNB Field at Loveless Park.

Carlinville Fire Chief Mark Kirk discussed the friendly rivalry after the game concluded and trophies were presented.

“It’s always a good time,” Kirk said. “There’s a lot of good-natured ribbing throughout the year.”

The winning Hoses team included 13 players and four coaches that were “too old to play,” according to Kirk.

“We just like to come out and have a good time; we enjoy the game’s camaraderie,” Kirk said.

Kyle Kalaher, the pitcher for the Hoses, was named this year’s Most Valuable Player, and presented with a plaque.

Master of ceremonies Bob Ford of Shop Local First, who provided the play-by-play from the press box, presented this year’s trophy and the series’ traveling trophy. Peter Lopez served as the disc jockey.

Rainfall held off long enough for the game to be played. Rain showers began falling around 2:45, shortly after the game and trophy presentation concluded.

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