May 30, 2016


Lorain County Republicans, Democrats plan to face off in charity softball game

LORAIN — Democrats and Republicans will face off this summer, not at the ballot box, but across the ball diamond.

Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, a Republican, and Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer, a Democrat, said Wednesday they are putting together a charity softball game that will pit their respective party elders and elected officials against each other.

“We don’t always agree, but I think it’s a good way to show that the Democrats and Republicans in the county can get together to help a local charity,” Ritenauer said.

Williams said he’s looking forward to the game, which he called something of a rematch between him and Ritenauer. The two men used to play wiffle ball together when they were growing up, he said.

“I’m just hoping that he throws a little bit better than when he was a kid,” Williams said.

Ritenauer, who is known for his grueling workouts, said he’s confident.

“We’ll see if the rest of the team can keep up,” he said.

The two men plan to meet next week to hammer out the final details of the game, which will be played at the Pipe Yard in Lorain. The tentative date is July 27.

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