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Hoses take down the Guns

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The two managers exchange pleasantries before the start of the Guns vs. Hoses softball game Aug. 22. Red Wing Fire Chief Shannon Draper and recently retired Goodhue County Sheriff Scott McNurlin shake hands and prepare for the game that benefits Packing for the Weekend meal program. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 11
Red Wing Firefighter/paramedic Ryan Marking shows perfect form at the plate during the Guns vs. Hoses softball game Aug. 22. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 11
Recently retired Goodhue County Sheriff Scott McNurlin throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Guns vs. Hoses softball game Aug. 22. McNurlin delivered a strike, but the Guns by two runs. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 11
Brandon Howard of the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office gets the throw from Dan Englund of the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office at the Guns vs. Hoses softball game on August 22. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 11
Sign this young man up to play! A young man practices his throwing technique during the Guns vs. Hoses softball game Aug. 22, 2018. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 11
Safe! Tony Dahl slides head first into second base to beat the throw. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 11
Even in the midst of competition, Michael Ayres of the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office and Fire Capt. Josh Johnholtz share five. Ayres led off the Guns vs. Hoses softball game with a single, but Johnholtz and the Hoses got the last laugh, winning 16-14. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 11
During the player introductions of the Guns vs. Hoses softball game, paid on call firefighter Ryan Lystad takes his hat off to the crowd on Aug 22. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 11
Is that Kirby Puckett? Nope, it's Justin Dahl! Dahl makes a tremendous catch in right field during the Guns vs. Hoses softball game on August 22. The Hoses won the game, 16-14. 10 / 11
What softball game would it be if there wasn't a friendly pancake flipping competition. Three couples compete to win a gift certificate to SturdiWheat by catching pancakes from their respective partner in between innings of the Guns vs. Hoses softball game on Aug. 22. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia11 / 11

In its fifth year, the Guns vs. Hoses softball game was close one, with the Hoses edging out the guns, 16-14 on Aug. 22.

The event is a fundraiser for the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce County's Packing for the Weekend program that distributes weekend meals to students.

The game was played at the Red Wing Athletic Field with hundreds in attendance.

Recently retired Goodhue County Sheriff Scott McNurlin threw out the ceremonial first pitch, but also managed the Guns in the game.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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