District A’s HPD/HFD softball game will become tradition, Council Member Stardig vows after successful May 9 event

Tom Kennedy

District A Council Member Brenda Stardig was very pleased with the success of the first-ever “Battle of the Branch” softball competition between HPD and HFD on May 9 in her district.

Stardig, a strong supporter of Houston police and the HPOU, said the event took place in the 8500 block of Pitner Road, where an area where more than 5,000 reside within a three-quarter-mile stretch. She said SpringSpirit Baseball provides support provides support for youngers in the community.

“I am so excited that we had this opportunity for District A,” Stardig told the Badge & Gun. “It is important for everyone to feel included and part of the community.”

Stardig viewed the event as a positive opportunity for community residents to become better acquainted with the police officers and firefighters who serve them. Both Chief Acevedo and Chief Pena played for their respective teams.

Mayor Sylvester Turner was a special spectator and a hit amongst the youngest and oldest fans.

“We also had face painting, a balloon artist, crafts, inflatable bounce houses and concessions,” Stardig said.

The Landrum Middle School choir sang the National Anthem and Boy Scout Troup 552 presented the colors in a slate of activities that also included a movie, “The Sandlot.”

Stardig said she plans to make the Battle of the Branch an annual springtime event in District A.

Oh, and we have to report that HFD won the game, 19-10. Wait’ll next year!