With a score of 19–5, the Norton Police Department came out on top in a softball matchup between town and Wheaton officials Thursday afternoon.
But though it was dubbed “The Battle of East Main Street” on social media, the inaugural game, held on Wheaton’s Clark Field, was less about competition and more about bringing together town and gown for some friendly summer fun—and to thank the Norton safety officers for all they do for the Wheaton community.
Among the players on the Wheaton side were President Dennis Hanno, Vice President of Admission and Student Aid Grant Gosselin, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Kate Kenny and Director of Public Safety Christopher Santiago, along with about 20 other faculty and staff.
They played against Norton Police Chief Brian Clark and more than a dozen officers and firefighters.
“I thought it would be a fun way to bring everyone together,” President Hanno told a reporter from The Sun Chronicle, which published photos and a recap of the game.
Along with bragging rights and a trophy, the town won a special gift from Wheaton: funding and labor to help build a memorial to Norton police and firefighters.