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N.H. Republicans, Democrats square off in softball game Saturday

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Monitor staff
Friday, October 13, 2017

New Hampshire lawmakers will head to bat in what may be the first-ever legislative softball game Saturday, meeting at the Anheuser-Bush facilities in Merrimack for a charity event.

Legislators from both the Republican and Democratic parties will face off in a friendly competition set to benefit the Liberty House veterans organization in Manchester, according to organizers.

The game, billed as the first of its kind in New Hampshire, will start at 12, with opening ceremonies and events to be held at 11:30. About 30 to 40 legislators are expected to show up, said House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff, of Penacook. 

The idea for the game came several months ago from Rep. Matt Moffett, R-Loudon, according to Shurtleff, who said it was a bid to increase camaraderie among legislators. More than $7,000 has already been raised by legislators for Liberty House since planning for the game began, Shurtleff added.

The event will take place at the Anheuser-Bush stadium on the company’s brewing complex off of Route 3, according to JP Marzullo, a Liberty House board member helping organize the event. There is no admission for the game, but spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food, Marzullo said.

A representative for Anheuser-Bush was not immediately available to comment. 

(Ethan DeWitt can be reached at edewitt@cmonitor.com, or on Twitter at @edewittNH.)