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It doesn’t matter if nobody but Bill understands it. It actually worked out as games were as- signed and started on time. For a change we had more than enough

umpires. Many games had multiple field um- pires to minimize controversy. There seemed to be no blatant disregard of the rules and no re- ported game changing missed calls. Of course, that statement is subject to one’s opinion. The newly added “five run up” rule of scoring kept the games moving and competition a little more equitable. Most seem to agree it’s a little more fun to play in a game where there are at least more chances for the underdog to score in a lopsided game. Every team got to play at least three games. That was more than enough for some. For others, you would never know the first two games were just for fun. Speaking of fun, the Fire HOGs, with the costumes (oops, colors) and great attitudes, epitomized what the whole thing is about. Camaraderie, fun and charity. Thanks guys. The competition ranged from casual

to intense, as expected. The perennial power-

house teams from down south were there to win. The semi-final games were more intense than the scores indicated with 33’s beating 46’s 13-0 and 64’s beating 98’s 12-3. This set up the exciting rematch of last year’s final between 64’s and 33’s. Lots of hits and lots of fine de- fense ensued and 64’s took the lead early look- ing strong against the somewhat younger and arguably stronger 33‘s. Late in the game, a ral- ly with the bats and some fine base running al- lowed 33’s to come back for the repeat win, and still champs, with all the bragging rights and accolades for another year. Nice win guys and classy shirts with the Kemper touch. Thanks. Are there no sleepers hiding out in the

Valley? You Crazy Dogs from 98”s gave great effort to make it into the final four. And 88’s and 91’s showed support . . . but is that all the Valley’s got? It is a fact that your side of the hill gets an ever increasing number of big in- cidents, and workload in general, but where’s the old “any time, any place” mantra you guys

had “back in the day?” Come on, we need you. No certs needed. No stripes, horns or Bill of Rights. No CTS! Just a “can do” attitude. To all those who did participate in the

competition and raffle, thank you. We had a ball. Hope you did, too. And we raised over $15,000 for the Widows, Orphans and Dis- abled Firemen’s Fund. Thank you, all who of- fered sponsorship. Thanks, Mark Curry, Greg Pascola, and Eric and Rebecca Stevens for your equipment and efforts. Thank you, Valerie Lawrence for your passion and tireless contri- bution. Thank you Jim Vels for your talent and generosity. Thank you, Juliet and all the staff- ers and helpers from LAFRA. Thank you, um- pires for risking life and limb. Thank you, Hoy Talbott for your selfless contribution. Thank you Steve and Mona Romas for being first to arrive and last to leave. Thank you Bill Bringas for keeping the dream alive. Thank you, Keith Bandy for accepting the torch. Thank you, Lane for the inspiration.

Greg Pascola Kevin Smith Chip Johnson Craig Nielsen

Jeff Haas Nick Fratiani Mark Curry Greg Malais

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