UPDATE: Mon. Aug. 27, 12:00pm
Auburn Firefighter Matt Evans tells Finger Lakes News Radio Friday’s Chloe Calhoun Memorial Scholarship Softball Game raised $6,008.
Congratulations to the Fire and Police teams, and a thank you to everyone who attended the game and made it a huge success.
It was a perfect night for softball and Falcon Park in Auburn was the perfect venue as Auburn Police staged a dramatic seventh inning come from behind 5-4 victory over Auburn Firefighters in the inaugural Chloe Calhoun Memorial Scholarship Softball Game.
Chloe was a star player on the Auburn High School softball team, but was killed by a drunk driver shortly after graduating in 2016. Members of the police and fire department approached her family about holding a game in her memory, and it took off from there.
The game before an announced crowd of 757 fans was a back and forth battle that featured some outstanding hitting and fielding. The cops scored a run in their first at bat and took a 2-0 lead in the 3rd on a home run by Chris White.
The defensive play of the game was a diving catch by FD outfielder and former Auburn High School hockey player Luke Powers.
The firefighter rallied with a run in the 4th and took the lead when they scored 3 in the bottom of the 5th inning.
That set the stage for the 7th inning rally when the PD pushed three runs across the plate to take a 5-4 lead. The firefighters attempted their own rally in the bottom the 7th, but the game ended on a spectacular double play executed by rookie officers A.J. Spinelli and Jake Turner.
Both officers have just 3 weeks of field training under their belts, and that raised the eyebrows of Ted Baker during the broadcast on WAUB and Finger Lakes Daily News. Steve Penstone caught up with Chief Shawn Butler after the game.
With the loss, Fire Chief Joe Morabito had to head to the dunk tank, but he wasn’t complaining.
In the true spirit of sportsmanship, Chief Butler also took his turn on the dunk tank seat.
Congratulations to the members of both teams, and to the community for supporting the night that honored the memory of a young woman who will never be forgotten.
Photos by Jimmy Giannettino
Photos by Steve Penstone