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Locals compete in charity softball tournament

HOBART, Okla._Local law enforcement took to the softball diamond in Hobart Saturday for a good cause.

The Kiowa County Sheriff's Department and the Hobart Police Department put on the Inaugural Battle of the Badges tournament. Nine teams played in Saturday's co-ed softball tournament to raise money for “Relay for Life”, Trooper Gary Sanders, and the Hobart Food Pantry.

Misty Norris of the Hobart Police Department says she definitely won't be quitting her day job anytime soon.

"It has been a blast. I don't see a softball career in my future by no means but it has been a lot of fun," said Norris.

Kiowa County Sheriff Bill Lancaster had this to say about his softball pitching skills.

"They need some improvement but we are doing alright," said Lancaster.

Lancaster says the tournament started out as an idea thought up by two sheriff's department employees.

"They asked me if we would challenge the police department in just a one on one softball game and I got with Misty Norris and it has turned into this event that we have here," said Lancaster.

Business owner Jacob Chamberlain sponsored one of the 9 teams who played in the tournament. He says it was a chance to show his community support.

"I think this is good that they opened up to different businesses and everybody else. Everyone of different walks of life to come out here and play just kind of opened the veil and kind of let everybody come into it. It really shows that they care about the community," said Chamberlain.

Planning for this event started back in April as a way to show the community that local law enforcement are just like everyone else.

"What we are trying to show them in Kiowa County, Hobart, Snyder, Mountain View, all of our communities here, Lone Wolfers that we are here for the community. We organized a community event. We want them to know that we are here for them," said Lancaster.

In the game between Hobart Police and the Kiowa County Sheriff's Department. The sheriff's department took the trophy after being behind in double digits for most of the game. Organizers say they were able to raise about $5,000 from donations, t-shirt sales, and the concession stand.

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