Sunday, August 23, 2009. Clark County residents were treated to an unusual softball game today as the Clark County Democrats squared off against the Clark County Republicans in a charity softball game to benefit Share, a local charity.
About 100 spectators gathered at Memory Field to watch as politicians, candidates and party activists from both parties took to the field to battle in the game.
A sunny day, it was a good game for all to watch as young and aging players batted the ball, ran and dropped it too.
The Republicans took an early lead with a score of 16 to 9 mid-way.
The Democrats, showing some spunk fought back hard and tied the score going in to the ninth inning.
But, the Republicans pulled it off with a final run to best the Democrats with a score of 17 to 16.
There was no call for recounts.
It was hoped attendance would be better, but having what was there is nothing to complain about.
David Castillo, candidate against Brian Baird for the 3rd Congressional District and his campaign manager, William Lohr came down from Olympia to play in the game. It’s too bad that congressman Baird didn’t announce attendance as it was felt by many that his attending would have drawn even more spectators who would then donate to Share.
Perhaps Mr. Baird felt that a softball game benefiting charity is more dangerous than town halls.
Jon Russell, also challenging Baird was unable to attend as well.
Clark GOP Chair, Ryan Hart, initially approached Democrat Chair Dena Horton with the idea of a charity game to benefit a mutually chosen charity. He was somewhat surprised to hear that the Democrat Party was thinking of approaching the Republicans with a similar idea.
The Democrats had Senator Craig Pridemore, Representative Jim Jacks, County Commissioner Steve Stuart, City Council member Jeanne Harris, former candidate Pam Brokaw and party chair, Dena Horton, amongst others on their team.
Along with Castillo, for the Republicans, Senator Joe Zarelli, Representative Ed Orcutt, former candidate Tom Langston, County Assessor candidate Peter Van Nortwick, candidate for state Representative 17th District Brian Peck and Party Chair Ryan Hart added to the GOP line-up, along with PCO’s and party activists.
KPTV 12 out of Portland had one of their cameramen in attendance that conducted interviews with candidates and spectators.
There really was no loser in this game as Share was handed over $2800, raised by both parties.
In all it was enjoyable afternoon and an escape from the hardball politics usually played for some softball.
But in the end, the GOP changed the Democrats ‘Yes We Can” to a “No, You Don’t,” at least for the game.
Thanks to all who played and all who attended for a well disciplined game with no partisanship.
Good game, Democrats.