S.C. Highway Patrol facing Georgia State Patrol in softball Tuesday in Charleston to benefit Special Olympics

A team of South Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers will face a team of Georgia State Patrolmen in a game of slow-pitch softball at Joe Riley Stadium Tuesday as part of the Charleston RiverDogs' Law Enforcement Appreciation Night.

The winning team will receive a trophy donated by the American Association of State Troopers and proceeds will benefit the South Carolina Special Olympics, S.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said.

"It's dear and close to our hearts," Beres said. "The money raised (from South Carolina law enforcement fundraisers) over the year helps send over 22,000 athletes in South Carolina to the winter and summer games."

This is the first time for this event. "If we have a good turnout we hope to make this an annual event," Beres said.

The softball game begins at 4:30 p.m. and will followed by the RiverDogs game at 7:05 p.m.

Residents can attend both games for a total of $5 by buying the tickets ahead of time at Crews Chevrolet at 8199 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston. Residents can also watch the softball game if they buy a RiverDogs ticket at regular price.

There will also be other activities, including dunking local celebrities in dunk tanks and meeting Major League Baseball player Orlando Hudson.