More Than A Game

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By: 
Matt Geiger
Cole Truitt gives Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris five after throwing out the first pitch

The aroma of hot dogs smothered in ketchup and mustard was on the air Saturday morning. A large, boisterous crowd filled the bleachers and chattered between bursts of applause. Five-year-old Cole Truitt wore a perpetual grin as he played around on the PA system, confidently predicted victory for the firefighters’ team, threw out a heater for a first pitch, and generally wore out any adult who tried to keep up with him.

In many ways it was just a fun summertime baseball game at Firefighter’s Park in the City of Middleton. In other ways it was not; this was the second annual Battle of the Badges, raising awareness and funds to help families impacted by childhood cancer. Everyone there - including police, firefighters,  medics, volunteers and fans - was rallying around Truitt, who was diagnosed in November with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

While the police pulled out a narrow victory in last year’s game, this time around it was the firefighters who eked out a win.  It was the bottom of the 9th (the game was scheduled to go seven innings) with two outs, the bases loaded and the game tied at 17-17 when Jordan Reigel hit the game-winning RBI and propelled the MIFD to victory. “It was epic,” said MIFD chaplain Samuel Thomas.

The event collected $2,800 to help pay some of the Truitt family’s medical bills. T-shirts are still available at $20 each with all proceeds going to the family. (Contact Thomas at 608-695-1022 to purchase a shirt.)

Pictured, clockwise from top left: John Hall has fun with Shawn Ellis, Cole Truitt gives Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris five after throwing out the first pitch, CJ Drolshagen and Melissa Salinas get ready to root for the MIPD, base running was already aggressive in the very first inning.

 

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