PARIS — Local firefighters are hoping the third time is the charm as they face off against the police in a benefit softball game Saturday.


The game, which benefits the Rape Education and Crisis Hotline, kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Gouin Field with a home run derby. Tickets are $3 per person, and the game is free for children under the age of 12. Tickets may be purchased at the REACH office, Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce, or the police and fire stations in Norway, Paris and Oxford.


“It’s one of our major fundraisers for REACH,” said Janet Dillingham, an educator with the organization.


Les Otten, Republican gubernatorial candidate and former part-owner of the Boston Red Sox, will be the guest commentator for the game. REACH will also sell food and host a 50-50 raffle.


Dillingham said the police have won the first two games the organization has put on. She said an added twist this year is that someone from the losing team will have their head shaved at the end of the game this year.


“It’s very much publicized this year,” she said. “A lot of people know about it, so we’re looking for a big crowd this time.”


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