The big Battle of the Badge charity baseball game in which firefighters face law enforcement is coming up at 7:05 p.m. May 31 at Borleske Stadium, 409 E. Rees Ave.
The $12 general admission and $20 tickets that include a T-shirt are on sale now, available from Amy Harris at 524-4557 or The Sweets Shoppe at 522-2255.
The second-annual event is about the bragging rights, organizers say. Last year’s game in front of a near-sellout crowd raised $24,000 for local charities. Law Enforcement stomped out Fire 9-5.
Both sides will give to a local charity. The fire department is playing for Girl’s Council, a nonprofit in the Valley since 2006. It strives to “empower girls to become strong women” through research-based, gender-specific programming and a residential placement project.
Law Enforcement is playing for the Impact! Life Transitions Program, which provides life-changing skills for positive growth in a safe, supportive environment. They offer hope to people who need to start their lives over because of a loss or a debilitating circumstance. In addition to advocacy, they offer referrals and connections to community resources.
Twenty-six players will make up the law enforcement team, drawing from Walla Walla Police and Sheriff’s departments, College Place Police, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Washington State Penitentiary staff.
The fire team will be allowed 30 players, drawing from Walla Walla County Fire District 4 and the city of Walla Walla and College Place fire departments.