Baseball program's opener to pit Columbia police against firefighters

Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 6:48 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — For the third year in a row, the Douglass Athletic Association will begin its summer baseball program with a softball game between the Columbia Police Department and the Columbia Fire Department.

The event, which will go from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Douglass Park, will start with a short baseball game for younger kids, which will be followed by another short game for teenagers and adults. The police and fire departments will play last, and it could get competitive.

"They really go at it," said Sam Brady, the coordinator of the summer baseball program for Douglass Park. "They go hard at each other."

This is Brady's third year as coordinator, and he is excited about the event. The kickoff attracted approximately 60 people during its first year and seems to get bigger every year. More than 300 people are expected to attend this year, Brady said.

In addition to the on-field action, the event will feature free food and drinks, provided by a variety of donors.

Brady hopes this event will be a way to thank those who have assisted him in putting the baseball program together, as well as to the families that have entrusted their children in the program.

"It's about the community," Brady said. "It's so wonderful to see the community come together."

Supervising editor is Landon Woodroof.

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