It’s usually a pretty good bet that whenever Joliet’s police officers and firefighters get together for their annual Guns-N-Hoses charity softball game that it will be a fun event where both sides want to come out on top.
So it wasn’t surprising that both sides were up to the challenge of again doing something special on a day where the temperature reached nearly 100 degrees.
For more than 15 years, the two have competed in an annual charity softball game that has been a major fundraiser for Easterseals Joliet Region. After the exhibition contest and before the Slammers’ game, the Joliet Pipes and Drums team entertained the crowd.
As for the charity game, the police scored four runs in each of the first two innings to take an early 8-0 lead. But the firefighters responded with a 10-run third to move in front and hung on for a 14-11 victory in a game where the outcome was in doubt until the final out.
A number of competitors from both sides talked about the connection with Easterseals and how that helps to make this charity game more special. Easterseals is America’s largest nonprofit health care organization and it is committed to the comprehensive health and welfare of the more than 1.4 million people it serves each year.
The organization has a long history in Joliet and Will County. And Herald-News sports writer Curt Herron is forever grateful to Easterseals since their assistance at a pivotal time helped him to overcome a speech impediment as a child that he believes was life-changing.