PEABODY — City officials in Peabody and Salem will play ball this Saturday, resurrecting a decades-old rivalry.
City councilors and other officials from the neighboring cities will battle it out for bragging rights on the softball field and benefit a local charity at the same time. The game gets underway at 11 a.m. at Collins Cove Park in Salem. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph’s Food Pantry.
Peabody’s star player on the mound will be Mayor Ted Bettencourt, a basketball and baseball standout in high school and college. A couple of other well-known local officials will also take the field. Interim Peabody police Chief Bob St. Pierre will throw out the first pitch, while Sen. Joan Lovely will be the honorary umpire.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, a basketball star in college, will be away on vacation and able to compete only in spirit, Salem Councilor Elaine Milo confirmed. Milo is organizing the event with Peabody Councilor Tom Gould.
“She (Driscoll) was our only ringer,” Milo said, laughing, but she believes the team can still rally. As of last count, Salem still had a few more players signed up than Peabody.
The rosters are still filling up and subject to change, but so far the Peabody team boasts the talents of Bettencourt, Councilors Barry Osborne, Bob Driscoll, Jim Moutsoulas, Tom Walsh, Gould and Barry Sinewitz, city clerk Tim Spanos, Council on Aging director Carolyn Winn, veterans agent Chris Tighe, mayor’s chief of staff Chris Ryder, Community Development director Karen Sawyer, her husband, Robert, and her son, Alex.
The Salem roster is shaping up with Councilors Bob McCarthy, Heather Famico, Todd Siegel, David Eppley, Josh Turiel, Beth Gerard, Joe O’Keefe, Bill Legault and Elaine Milo, city engineer David Knowlton, Building Commissioner Tom St. Pierre, assistant building inspector Mike Lutrzykowski, city electrician John Giardi, Human Resources director Lisa Cammarata, mayor’s chief of staff Dominick Pangallo and Public Works employees Ray Jodoin and Steve Osgood.