WESTMINISTER — WESTMINSTER -- Forget having a team doctor: The softball game between the nursing and medical staffs at Carroll County General Hospital will have no shortage of experts to treat anything from a broken bone to jock itch.
Nurses, nursing assistants and orderlies have challenged the surgeons, orthopedists, dermatologists and other doctors to a test of strength and fitness at the Carroll County General Hospitalemployee picnic Saturday in Taneytown.
The Bedpan Bowl, they call it.
The doctors are confident theirsheer male strength will be enough to beat the mostly female nursingteam.
Urologist Reynaldo Madrinan, 50, will be pitching for the doctors, but he isn't worried about his priceless surgeon's hands getting injured.
"First of all, you're assuming the nurses can hit theball," he said.
"They have a few ringers, some orderlies," Madrinan said of two of the male players on the nurse team. "If an orderly hits the ball, I'm not going to try to catch it."
The doctors include many who play tennis, as he does, as well as a few former collegeathletes. Madrinan also runs three miles three times a week, he said.
But the nurses, with an average age of about 32, have youth, agility and endurance on their side, says team manager Joette Streigel, 36, a nursing assistant.
"I'm not afraid of an all-man team," Streigel said. Although she admitted she never played softball before starting to practice with the nurses three weeks ago, her teammates include seasoned athletes.
"We also have an edge weight-wise," said Mary Madrinan, 33, a nurse practitioner and instructor at Catonsville Community College, adding that the average age of the doctor team is about 48. She is married to Reynaldo.
"These guys have really no idea what happens to a nurse on an eight-hour shift," Madrinan said.
"The nurses are constantly moving on the (hospital) floor," Streigelsaid. "They're using their muscles a lot. And we can run."
Mary Madrinan, who played softball in high school, scoffed at her husband'sconfidence in male strength.
"That's because he's a male chauvinist," she said. "They think they're so good they don't have to practice. They think they just have to show up and walk away with the game."
The patients, especially on the East Wing, where most of the players work and make rounds, have been hearing pregame crowing from bothsides.
Even though the patients can't go to the company picnic, they are rooting for the nurses, Reynaldo Madrinan said.
"What the heck," Reynaldo Madrinan said of the patients' allegiance. "You see the nurses eight hours a day; you see the doctors maybe two or three times a day. Whose side are you going to be on?"
One patient, afterhe was released, returned with computer-printed banners reading: "The doctors will keep you in stitches, but nurses have the game sewn up," Streigel said.
Even the Madrinan children are rooting for the nurses.
"They say, 'Dad, you're only home at night,' " he said. Hiswife, who works in his urology practice, gets home a bit earlier, hesaid.
The doctors got some support through two drug companies supplying T-shirts with their products, an antibiotic and an ulcer medication, printed on them.
Fifteen years ago, the nurses challenged the doctors to a basketball game. The nurses lost.
"They were beaten so badly, it took them five years to get up the courage to play us at volleyball," Reynaldo Madrinan said.
The nurses lost that volleyball match in the first three sets.
Madrinan wonders if the nurses finally will give up after what he is sure will be another doctor win Saturday.
"We're getting so old, we'll have to play in wheelchairs," he said.