6/13/2014 4:43:00 PM Local law enforcement challenges Huskies softball team
This Monday, June 9, police officers and deputies from the Othello Police Department and Adams County Sheriffs Office will pick up their bats and gloves to take on the Othello Huskies varsity softball team just one week after claiming second place in the state tournament. The action is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Lions Park. OPD officer Todd Gilbert said he wanted to revive the traditional OHS vs. Cops game this year to help bring the community together for a free, fun event. "It's a community event and we'll invite people over to see how good the girls softball team has been doing and then maybe meet some officers people might not know," Gilbert said. "I played a lot of softball before and it's something I like to do so I wanted to try to bring it back and have some kind of activity the police department can do with the Sheriffs Office." There will be concessions with a barbecue, along with some music offered during the night. Gilbert said the boys in blue will be sending the slow pitch toward the Huskies while the girls will get to play fast pitch and may use every tool available in the bullpen to try to get some outs. "A lot of the guys are worried about the speed of the pitches and not being able to hit the ball," Gilbert said. "We've heard from some of their coaches they struggle with hitting the slow pitch, so, hopefully, it will even it out." No matter who comes out on top, Gilbert said he simply hopes to show some unity between the people in Othello and the officers who patrol the streets. He even said bystanders could get a little bit of good-natured heckling in if they really wanted to. "We're all part of this same community and we're happy with the success of the softball team," he said.