Police and firefighters to face off on the softball diamond
STERLING — The first pitch in the third annual Guns & Hoses softball tournament is scheduled to be thrown out at 3 p.m. at the Deep River Township Park Aug. 9.
Tournament organizer Jody Wilk said the tournament will feature three teams — the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department, the Sterling Area Fire Department and the Standish Area Fire Authority. Wilk said the event is free to attend for spectators, and that monies will be raised during the tournament through concessions, T-shirts and donations.
Proceeds from this year’s tournament will go toward the sheriff department’s K-9 Unit, Wilk said. Specifically, the funds will be used toward the purchase of a new K-9 Patrol truck.
“We’re about halfway to our goal, and then there are some grants we’re going to be looking into in the fall,” Wilk said.
In the past proceeds have been divided between the departments represented in the tournament.
Wilk said the idea of holding the tournament was first thrown out during a casual conversation between a few people in 2011.
“It was something that was mentioned at a fundraiser we had done for the K-9 unit back in 2011,” she said. “Then, in the summer of 2012 we did the first game. The sheriff, undersheriff and (Sterling Area Fire Department Chief) Scott Adams, we were all just kind of sitting around and someone said, ‘We should do a fundraiser softball game for the K-9 unit.’”
The championship game is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Wilk said one of the three teams will automatically be placed in the championship game, with the remaining two teams squaring off at 3 p.m. in the title game qualifier.
While the game does serve as a fundraiser, for the most part the event is geared toward everybody enjoying themselves, Wilk said.
“It’s mostly just about having fun and entertaining the spectators,” she said.