By Christopher Roberson
For the past 62 years, members of the Lynnfield and Peabody Police Departments have tried their luck against the North Shore Legends in the Labor Day Charity Baseball Game to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and Cops for Kids with Cancer.
This year’s game, which was held on Sept. 3 at Emerson Park, featured appearances from retired Boston Red Sox players John Tudor, at first base, and Steve Lomasney, on the mound, for the Legends. The team also had assistance from Peter Soteropoulos, formerly of the North Shore Spirit, and Jon Cahill, the assistant baseball coach at Merrimack College.
The Lynnfield/Peabody Police team got off to a quick start as Peabody resident James Leavitt opened the scoring in the first inning. Peabody Sgt. James Harkins followed with a hit to get to first base, and Lynnfield Officer Michael Topping took four balls and was walked. By the start of the third inning, the police team held a 4-1 lead.
From there, the Legends turned up the offense as Cahill and Kyle Multner, formerly of the University of Massachusetts, each scored runs to tie the game at 4-4. Garrett Greer, formerly of Boston College, also had a base hit. The inning ended with Lomasney scoring, which put the Legends in front for good.
Soteropoulos had his third RBI in the fourth inning, which allowed Greer to score and give the Legends a 6-4 lead. Multner began the fifth inning with a hit to get on second base and ultimately scored, which gave his team a four-run advantage. The Legends capitalized later in the inning with additional runs from Cahill, Multner and Soteropoulos to push the lead to 11-4.
Despite being outmatched, the police team continued to make a strong effort as Lynnfield Officer Jared Provost had a hit and made it to second base late in the game.
However, Phil Mitchell, a member of the North Shore Baseball League Hall of Fame, and Robert Nash, co-founder of Extra Innings, put on the finishing touches to give the Legends a 13-4 victory after seven innings.