You would have thought it was the World Series, but for these guys, much more was at stake. The first annual Cross Town- Lock Down put local law enforcement agencies face to face on the softball field. But pride wasn't the only thing they were playing for. All proceeds went to the Brazos Valley Rape Crisis Center.
"It was really exciting. It came together at a board meeting. The D-A's office and the Bryan Police Department challenged each other and so that's kind of how this was born," said Karla Payne, the Director of Programs at the Rape Crisis Center.
Bryan Police actually won that challenge, beating the District Attorney's office 8 to 6. College Station Police didn't fare so well against the Sheriff's Department, losing 4 to 21.
The Sheriff's Department kept that momentum going and defeated Bryan Police 11 to 8.
The College Station Fire Department got in on the action and won against the County Attorney's Office 11 to 8. In the end it was the Sheriff's Department who took home the glory, a trophy and a year's worth of bragging rights, but the losers weren't bitter.
"It's a great opportunity for us to come together and get to know each other on a friendly basis and enjoy a game if softball for a worthy cause," said Mike Strope, Bryan's Police Chief.
The Rape Crisis Center relies on government funding and says additional fund raising is vital. Win or loose, all players say they had fun and organizers hope to see the softball tournament get bigger and better every year.
Volunteer training for the Rape Crisis Center will start October 12th.
For more information, call (979) 731-1000.
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