Charity game raises $2,000 for Manheim K-9 unit

By on August 6, 2014
Manheim police officer Jeffrey Kiesel (right) reaches second base safely as the ball gets away from Baron junior Sam Martin during last Wednesday's game.

Manheim police officer Jeffrey Kiesel (right) reaches second base safely as the ball gets away from Baron junior Sam Martin during last Wednesday’s game.

On the gridiron, Manheim Central has its

share of rivalry games in the L-L League.

Cocalico and Lancaster Catholic rank among the best of those.

After last Wednesday night, the Barons might have a fun-natured rivalry on the softball field with the Manheim Borough Police Department.

In a charity game benefitting the police K-9 unit, the men in blue got timely hitting en route to a 5-1 lead and then turned a game-ending double play to clinch a 5-4 win at the Veterans Memorial Park’s pool field last Wednesday, July 30 in Manheim.

The game could possibly become an annual event. If so, the Barons will surely want revenge next year.

“I’m hoping being the fact that we beat them, maybe we’ve got a rivalry going,” Manheim mayor Scot Funk laughed.

There was no maybe about how successful last week’s happening was. Funk estimated that between 300 to 400 people came out, raising about $2,000 in support of K-9 Bayne and his partner Aaron Szulborski. Proceeds from the concession stand, a raffle and donations all went toward the cause.

During a break in last Wednesday’s game, Adalyn Ober (second from left) and Mason Ober (fourth from left) were acknowledged by Manheim Mayor Scot Funk (far left), Chief Joe Stauffer (third from left) and Officer Aaron Szulboski for donating $174.50 to the benefit for K-9 Bayne (far right).

During a break in last Wednesday’s game, Adalyn Ober (second from left) and Mason Ober (fourth from left) were acknowledged by Manheim Mayor Scot Funk (far left), Chief Joe Stauffer (third from left) and Officer Aaron Szulboski for donating $174.50 to the benefit for K-9 Bayne (far right).

“Everything went fantastic,” said Funk, who donned a bite suit following the game for a K-9 demonstration. “It was a good evening. Everybody enjoyed themselves. I got nothing but positive feedback. Everything went as planned.”

Lancaster Barnstormers’ mascot Cylo threw out the first pitch and then worked the crowd. Fans saw the Barons make it interesting with three runs in the top of the sixth, but they could get no closer.

“I was expecting the crowd to be like 80 percent for the football team and 20 percent (for the officers). It was about 60/40,” Funk said. “I was happy with the support the police department had.”

In general, Funk was pleased with how the entire night unfolded.

“There wasn’t any one thing that I was disappointed in or would change,” he said.

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