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Injured Bryan Firefighters Throw First Pitch At Softball Classic


Celebrating our heroes in Bryan / College Station.

The area's first responders including Bryan Firefighters Ricky Mantey and Mitch Moran who were injured in a fire in February were honored Friday at the sixth annual Community Softball Classic.

The tournament had a meaningful first pitch.

It was a moment to remember at the B/CS Chamber of Commerce Community Softball Classic.

Moran and Mantey threw the honorary first pitch to some young boys who've had their own share of heartbreak.

Blue and red filled the field at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Spring softball is back with an annual Community Softball Classic.

But instead of local celebrities, local heroes came to play including law enforcement and firefighters.

Injured Bryan Firefighters Ricky Mantey and Mitch Moran were two of the most honored guests.

"First time ever being out here and for me to come and show up out here and to be able to do an event like this. It's very emotional to be able to be with the firemen again and also my fellow police officers," said Ricky Mantey.

Mantey and Moran were asked to throw the first pitch to R.C. Wallace who is the son of their friend Firefighter Eric Wallace who died in the Knights of Columbus Hall fire this past February and Colby Bachmann, son of Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann who was killed in the line of duty last August.

"Yes sir cool little kids. Try to be as good of friends as we can to 'em. Especially with everything happening you want to give them something to look to," said Mitch Moran.

R.C. Wallace is about to turn ten.

He's a left fielder and a good catcher too.

"It's awesome," he said.

When asked if Mantey and Moran were good friends to have he said,
"Yes sir."

"I thought it was really cool. I never met 'em before so I was very happy with that," said Colby Bachmann.

"It has been a rough year for us and so for us to be able to bring some happiness back and to be able to be here with these guys is really nice. Really good," added Mantey.

This is Colby Bachmann's second appearance at Blue Bell Park.

In February you may remember he threw the first pitch for the Aggie Baseball Season Opener.

He told News 3 catching was much less stressful.

Ricky Mantey and Mitch Moran are continuing to undergo treatment for the burns they received.

All of the ticket proceeds are going to go to the 100 Club, which supports our first responders, and honors heroes who died in the line of duty.

This year the police smoked the fire department to win the game.


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