It was the first time the two teams faced each other on the field, and both were ready to outscore the other. The Brownwood Fire Department defeated the Brown County Peace Officers, 18-16, Saturday night at the Bert V. Massey Sports Complex, in a benefit game for Jake Landess.
“It’s the first time we’ve played against each other,” said Grady Shuey, Brownwood assistant fire chief. “We’ve always played together when the city use to have the department tournaments. We’re not going to take it easy on them.”
Both teams played hard and enjoyed heckling each other with taunts ranging from “Where are the doughnuts?” to “Tell your outfield to come closer.” The taunts were in good fun as the two teams were hoping to bring a crowd to the sports complex. Both of the home run derbies and the silent auctions held at the complex were to raise money for Landess, a Brownwood Fire Fighter who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
The teenage home run derby was held prior to the game with Sergio Gutierrez, 15, winning first place with a total of six home runs followed by Mason Prosise, 15, with three home runs. The adult home run contest was held at midnight and the winners will be announced on the Bulletin’s Facebook fan page since it was held after the press deadline.
Organizers for the fund-raiser include members of the Brownwood Professional Firefighters Association, Brownwood Municipal Police Association and Heart of Texas EMS.
“We had more than $4,000 worth of items in the silent auction,” said Jennifer Trowbridge, marketer and EMT with Heart of Texas EMS. “Special thanks to everyone for helping us raise money for Jake.”
Totals raised from the home run derbies and the silent auction were still being tallied late Saturday night and Trowbridge hopes the final totals will be more than $5,000.
Sponsors for the home run derbies and the softball game were Taylor’s Mini Mall, Humphrey Pete’s & Skillets, Johnson’s Gun Works, Walmart, CMS Healthcare, Heart of Texas EMS, Brownwood Police Department, Brownwood Fire Department, Nathan’s Jewelers, Sherwin Williams, Bob’s Fuels LP, Integra Care Home Health, Home Depot, Underwood’s Bar-B-Q, Dumas Photography, Firestone, Strategic Fire Equipment, Runaway Train, The Turtle Restaurant, Hooligan Hoggers, Prime Time Lube Express, Grace Lutheran Church, Kenneth Horton, Lori’s LTD, Anytime Fitness, Deluxe Spa & Nail, Willie’s T’s, Weakley-Watson True Value, Allsup’s, Serendipity, Lilly B’s, Dr. Pepper, Brownwood Janitorial, City of Brownwood, Tompkins Custom Knives, AFLAC- Shylowe Middleton, Sportsman Center, Denean Rice, Pizza Hut, Spa on the Creek, Draco’s Janitorial & Auto, Nomalie Fonville, So Much for Sanity, TASCO/Toby Horton, The Accessorizer, Pepper Creek, Blingy Things, Ag-Mart and Bryan and Kim Harvey.
To make a donation or to help with future fund-raisers, contact Trowbridge at (325) 998-3217. For updates on fund-raisers, Trowbridge encourages residents to follow the Fighting for Jake Landess Facebook Fan page at facebook.com/FightingForJakeLandess.