2008-08-30 / Sports

Hoses Rally in Last Inning To Push Winning Streak to 6 Games

Charity Softball Game Raises $900 for Scholarship Fund
By Ryan Schlehuber

As his teammates celebrate in the background, the Fire Department's Robert Chambers crosses home plate in the last inning to clinch the Hoses' sixth consecutive win against the Guns of the Police Department. As his teammates celebrate in the background, the Fire Department's Robert Chambers crosses home plate in the last inning to clinch the Hoses' sixth consecutive win against the Guns of the Police Department. For the "Guns" of Mackinac Island Police Department, the sweet taste of victory will have to wait yet another year, as the softball team lost a heartbreaker, its sixth in a row, to its rival, the Hoses of the Fire Department. The score was 14-13 during the seventh annual charity softball game at Great Turtle Park Sunday, August 17.

At the bottom of the seventh and last inning, with two outs, and two runners aboard, Hoses player Josh Carley connected on a pitch from Guns pitcher Lisa Dziobak, knocking the ball just out of reach of the infield players and into shallow outfield, sending home Gina Calcaterra and Robert Chambers, who represented the winning run, capping off a thrilling comeback by the Fire Department.

It was the only time the Hoses held a lead throughout the game.

Hoses pitcher Jason St. Onge struggled from the start, walking three batters in the top of the first inning, as the Guns jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Hoses even batted. He was replaced by Larry Rickley in the third inning.

At right: Guns player Chuck "Mini C" Collier takes aim at Larry Rickley's pitch as teammate Kim Raymond (middle) gets ready to advance to second base, while the Hoses' Josh Carley stands ready for the play at first base. At right: Guns player Chuck "Mini C" Collier takes aim at Larry Rickley's pitch as teammate Kim Raymond (middle) gets ready to advance to second base, while the Hoses' Josh Carley stands ready for the play at first base. The Guns still managed to produce runs, building a 13-6 lead after four innings, however, key errors by the Guns and timely hitting by the Hoses allowed the Fire Department to come back and trim the Guns' lead to one by the sixth inning.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Guns had an opportunity to extend their lead when State Trooper Chuck Collier drove a hard hit into left field that bounced past Hoses fielder Robert Chambers' grasp, allowing Mr. Collier to run for extra bases. Mr. Collier rounded third base as his teammates waved him in to home plate, but a Chambers-to-Craig Bunker relay throw to home plate arrived before Mr. Collier could touch home plate. Hoses catcher Chris Szabo tagged him out, keeping the score notched at 13-12.

Many of the community's residents were treated to entertainment on and off the field, as the Fire Department's mascot (Jacob Chambers) mingled with the crowd during the game. The Hoses also handed out plastic firefighting helmets to young fans. Many of the community's residents were treated to entertainment on and off the field, as the Fire Department's mascot (Jacob Chambers) mingled with the crowd during the game. The Hoses also handed out plastic firefighting helmets to young fans. The Hoses escaped the inning without allowing a run to set up Mr. Carley's winning hit in the bottom of the final inning.

"I thought it was going to be a good challenge," admitted Mr. Chambers, playing for the Hoses for the second consecutive year. "We were a little slow at first, but we came together at the end."

Leading up to the game, and all through the first six innings, the Guns were hopeful of their chances of breaking the Hoses' winning streak against them.

"I was still pretty optimistic when we were in the sixth inning, but unfortunately the unforced errors we had played a big factor," said Mickey Brazaski Michigan State Trooper and team co-captain.

Trooper Brazaski will have completed his two-year term on Mackinac Island with the Michigan State Police, so he will not be on the force when the two teams meet next summer. He said his experience on the Island while here, and during Sunday's game, was thrilling.

Guns pitcher Lisa Dziobak pitched all seven innings for her team. Guns pitcher Lisa Dziobak pitched all seven innings for her team. "It was a great game and I loved being a part of it," he said. "I'll never forget it, or my two years here."

In all, the event was a great opportunity for the community to gather together, said Mr. Chambers.

"It was great to see everybody and it was fun to have the fire department and police department play each other," he said. "It was fun around."

The game was held to raise money for the Mark Gallagher Scholarship Fund that supports Mackinac Island Public School graduates studying criminal justice. The Police Department also collected $100 and donated it to the scholarship fund.

This year, $889.25 was raised at the event.

Margaret Doud won $210 in the 50/50 raffle, which she donated to the scholarship fund. Other prize winners were Pollyanna Smith, Lakelyn Bunker, Donna Petrantonio, and Sandy Roe.

Hoses player Josh Carley's hit in the bottom of the seventh and final inning drove in two runs that clinched the game for the Fire Department, 14-13, over the Police Department. Hoses player Josh Carley's hit in the bottom of the seventh and final inning drove in two runs that clinched the game for the Fire Department, 14-13, over the Police Department. Editor's Note: Reporter Ryan Schlehuber played in this game for the Hoses.

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