Police dept. topples fire squad in wives’ softball tournament
By Brian Stanley email@example.com August 26, 2013 4:58PM
Megan Grohar hits a pitch for the Joliet Fire Wives during their game against the police wives Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Grohar is the daughter of firefighter Mike Nurczyk. } Brian Stanley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:17AM
JOLIET — The athletic rivalry between the fire and police departments has been pretty one-sided for the last 10 years.
Except for 2007, the firefighters have won every Ryder Cup golf tournament and the police could never beat them in the annual Guns and Hoses baseball game either.
Guns and Hoses has turned into a softball tournament that invites neighboring departments, but it hasn’t changed. Will County Sheriff’s police took the championship over Crest Hill Saturday, but the fire department made the semi-finals, while Joliet police watched from the stands at St. Joe’s Park.
It appeared the domination would continue Sunday as the first-ever game between the Joliet Fire Wives and Joliet Police Wives began.
“They got five (runs) in the first inning and I was worried, so we came out strong and hard,” police wife Traci Dupuis admitted.
The scoring was over for the fire wives and the cops’ spouses were just getting started. After putting one on the board in the bottom of the first, the police wives exploded with seven runs in the second on their way to a 15-5 victory.
“Somebody call one of the firemen over to hose down the police wives because we are on fire!,” a player yelled from the dugout.
Paramedics were nearly called anyway after Dupuis pulled her groin to beat the throw on an inside-the-park home run.
“I kept going,” she said. “I wanted this.”
Dupuis and the other wives had expected to play last year but rain stopped that tournament and the storms were even worse on the makeup date a month later.
The rosters, which also included some daughters were: Julie Adelmann, Claire Baudek, Kim Baudek, Michelle Brenczewski, Missy Brenczewski, Laura Chaplin, Megan Grohar, Lynette Hunter, Tina Kinsella, Kelly Nurczyk, Tara Singler and Jen Yanek for the fire wives.
Ally Andreson, Lindsey Bandy, Ashley D’Arcy, Dupuis, Lisa Emph, Kim Haiduke, Karen Kapsch, Jody Lakota, Dani Reilly, Sue Reilly, Mary Sepulveda and Sidney Weis made up the police wives’ team.
Dupuis, who’s played softball for more than 25 years, led her team through a weekly practice for the last month.
“We had our big bats at the front, but the ones who really came through today was the back half of our lineup,” Dupuis said.
“Please note the fire wives did have a chance to practice,” Kim Baudek said. “But we still had a lot of fun.”
Funds raised during the tournament will benefit various charities sponsored by both departments.