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“Patriot Games:Guns ‘n Hoses” Police vs Firefighters Charity Softball Game

La Crosse, Wis. – The La Crosse Loggers announced at a press conference held today at Copeland Park that they are teaming up with the La Crosse Police and Fire Departments to put on the first ever “Patriot Games: Guns ‘n Hoses” event on Sunday, July 13.  The charity event will pit the two departments against each other in a friendly softball game at 3:05 p.m. prior to the start of the Loggers regularly scheduled Northwoods League contest when they host the Kenosha King Fish at 5:05 p.m.
La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat joined police chief Ron Tischer and fire chief Greg Cleveland in sharing the excitement over this first-time event that will ultimately generate funds for a pair of worthy causes.  Fans can purchase tickets for both games for just $10 at the front counter of the City of La Crosse police department (400 La Crosse St.) or at Fire Station #1 (726 5th Avenue South), First Station #2 (620 Monitor Street), Fire Station #3 (1710 Losey Blvd.) or Fire Station #4 (906 Gillette St.).  Supporters may also purchase tickets at the Loggers ticket office (1225 Caledonia St.).
Fifty percent of all ticket sales for this one-of-kind event will go to benefit two different charities.  The police department will be playing on behalf of Justice for a Cure (www.justiceforacure.com) while the fire department will be representing the Muscular Dystrophy Association (www.mda.org).
The inaugural “Patriot Games” will be presented by Western Technical College who will be adding a little extra excitement to the inaugural “Guns ‘n Hoses” softball contest as they will be providing an additional $300 to the charity of the winning team.
Members of the La Crosse Area Sports Commission will also be on hand to help present this special July 13 event at Copeland Park which will include a tribute to the men and women of the La Crosse police and fire departments during a special pre-game ceremony prior to the start of the Loggers game.
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The La Crosse Loggers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit www.lacrosseloggers.com.
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