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Politicians v LARC

By The Staff

Nineteen politicians turned out for the second quadrennial (something that happens every four years) softball game against the Levy ARC on Saturday that helped raise over $400 for the non-profit that serves developmentally disabled adults.
Like the first game in 2008, the politicians, who formed into two teams, played against the 10-member team made up of LARC clients and staff.
Each team of candidates seeking office on the August and November ballots played for two innings before conceding they were defeated both times by the LARC stars.
One candidate, Avery Baker, who hit a homer out of the park, found it was nothing to brag about. He faced a $25 fine for losing LARC Executive Director Betty Walker's softball.
Walker, who pitched for the LARC team, may have been tossing some low pitches but she called every one of them strikes. The calls were disputed by David Weatherford, who served as umpire.
In between the innings each candidate had an opportunity to address the crownd, made up mostly of people connected with LARC or the campaigns.
There was a drawing for a weekend trip in Cedar Key with meal and tour that was won by Grace Hicks. LARC also presented plaques of appreciation to its board chairman Sean Mullins and the game's organizer Toni Collins. The group also presented a plaque of appreciation to Wayne Weatherford of the Chiefland Area Athletic Association for his help in arranging the use of a ballfield and the concession stand at Strickland Park.