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Firefighters play ball for a cause

Despite Saturday's rain, the 33rd annual Alan Soward Memorial softball tournament in Merrill continued.

Dozens of local firefighters and their families came to Otts Park in Merrill to raise money for muscular dystrophy and local charities.

This year, sixteen teams laced up and hit the diamond. In the past the tournament has brought in close to $10,000 and tournament leaders say they are hoping to reach that number again this year.

"As firefighters were respond to people in need everyday and this is no different," Lt. Josh Klug with the Merrill Fire Department said. "This is just another avenue for us to help people out and with things going on right now times are tough. Lincoln County, Merrill community is no different than anywhere else and we just want to help out like we've been doing for 32 years."

The championship game will be on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. The fire department will decide which charities will be given a portion of the earning later this month.


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