2017 NH CHaD Battle of the Badges baseball game to be held under the lights for first time
MANCHESTER — For the first time in the event's history, the Battle of the Badges baseball game will take place under the lights on Friday.
Officials from the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) Team said members have been selected for the annual Police vs. Fire Classic, and fundraising is underway. A total of 47 police and fire personnel will suit up for the game, 20 on Team Police and 27 (24 players and three coaches) on Team Fire. Each player will be tasked with raising at least $1,250 for CHaD in order to participate in the game.
New to Team Fire is Barnstead fire captain Brian Cottrell, who will make his Badges debut and share the experience with his daughter Bella, who is a long-time CHaD patient and Buddy.
Bella has been paired with Badges players in hockey and baseball over the last few years, sharing her CHaD experience and providing players with a greater understanding of how their support makes a difference for all CHaD kids.
This year's event is shaping up to be extra special for Bella because she will be paired with her Dad and get to sing the national anthem before the game.
Team Fire, last year’s winner, will once again be led by Nashua Fire’s Bill Shea, one of the game’s co-founders. He will be assisted in the dugout by Badges veteran Dennis Livoli, from Derry Fire, and second-year team member Mick Sanchez, from Swanzey Fire. The 24 active-roster players include eight Badges newcomers plus 16 returning players, including Anthony DeRosa, from Derry Fire, who had the game-winning hit For Fire in the ninth inning last year.
Team Police’s leadership will be on-field captains Chris Heney, from the Meredith Police Department, and Steve Case, from the New Boston Police Department. Case is also a Battle of the Badges hockey player.
The men in blue will occupy the home dugout because they won the 2016 fundraising battle by generating over $37,000 collectively.
Ed Shaughnessy, from the Bradford Police Department, led the way in fundraising last year with over $4,000 raised. Shaughnessy will be back for this year's game, along with 14 other returning and five first-year Team Police players.
Proceeds from the game, which are raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, and player fundraising, will benefit CHaD. Last year’s game raised $70,000 for CHaD, and in six years, more than $320,000 has been generated through the efforts of players, fans, and corporate partners.
Tickets are $10 each, and kids 10 and under get in free. Orders can be placed online, by calling 603-629-1238, or by contacting a Badges player. A full list of Badges players can be found at www.CHaDHockey.org.