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Newsline 9 team faces off against Marshfield police, firefighters for charity softball game

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Marshfield first responders are used to running around. But instead of chasing after bad guys and escaping burning buildings, they had their eyes peeled for pop ups and grounders.

"The little bit of rain we've seen thus far hasn't dampened anybody's spirits. I think they're having a great time," said Marshfield Police Chief Gary Jepsen.

This softball game was just one part of the first ever community event. The goal -- raise money to support the city police department's K-9 program.

"The police work for the community and they keep the community safe," said Katie Weister, who is a member of the Marshfield Youth Initiative. "By the community coming out, they show them the community is grateful for that."

In the visitor's dugout -- a few of Newsline 9's finest.

"I love playing softball so when someone asks me to play softball, of course I'm going to say yes," said Newsline 9 anchor Bryon Graff. "The money went for a good cause, raising money for the police department so they can help out their K9 program."

Graff played shortstop while Emily Neubauer and Cassandra Vinch guarded the right field area. The police and fire crew took an early lead -- as all-weather fans watched from the stands.

"It's all for fun and even though there's rain, we're still having fun," said Weister.

"I think they were cheering us on," said Graff. "Maybe they were cheering for the police department a little bit but they were cheering for us."

A late rally -- including a grand slam home run -- put the Channel 9 team on top. They went on to win by a score of 15-13. But players on both sides said the real winners are everyone who was willing to pitch in for this cause.

The Marshfield group hopes to raise about $14,000 for the K-9 program. Organizers said they're well on their way to reaching that goal.

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