Video by Jacob Mroczek. Words by Kelsey O’Connor.
ITHACA, N.Y. — Local first responders faced off Sunday for the annual Charity Softball Tournament. It was all in good fun as proceeds of the event went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The event drew a crowd Sunday to Ithaca College’s Kostrinsky Field. First, Bangs Ambulance personnel and Ithaca firefighters faced off to see who would face the reigning champions, Ithaca police. Ultimately Ithaca firefighters won 16-15 and went on to face Ithaca police. In the end, police held on to their title, beating Ithaca firefighters 39-21.
The teams have played for local charities for the past four years. This year, they chose St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of Colin Hayward Toland, an honorary lieutenant of the Ithaca Police Department. Lt. Colin passed away in March after a long battle with with brain cancer.
“They took real good care of Colin, so we’re going to try to take real good care of them as well,” Sgt. Barry Banfield of the Ithaca Police Department said.
Colin’s family was present at the tournament Sunday and his brother, Aidan, delivered the first pitch.
The charity softball game every year is a way to interact with the community in a different setting and a way to give back to the community, Banfield said.
In total, the charity softball game raised $3,000.
Catch the action with a full recap below. Video by Jacob Mroczek.