WALLA WALLA — The battle lines are being drawn on the infield dirt for the second year of the Battle of the Badge charity baseball game.
The event will be held on May 31 at Borleske Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
Last season, in front of a sold-out crowd, local law enforcement officers and firefighters battled it out on the baseball diamond in support of local charities. At the end of seven innings, the law enforcement team celebrated its victory, while the firefighters started planning a strategy for payback in 2014.
Last season, local law enforcement, firefighters and the Walla Walla Sweets teamed up to raise money for three local charities. Together the three organizations and the local community came together for the inaugural Battle of the Badge, and raised $24,000 for Walla Walla Area Crime Watch, Walla Walla YMCA and Blue Mountain Girls Softball.
“In 2013, this was a new concept and we really had no idea what to expect,” Sweets general manager Katie Baxter said. “We were blown away by the success of this game, and the generosity of the members of this community. We are looking forward to the second Battle of the Badge and expect it to be another fun-filled game.”
Sweets manager J.C. Biagi will once again be at the helm for the law enforcement team as they look to secure the trophy for another season. Mark Michaud will return with the firefighters looking for redemption. Weekly practices are set to start in early March as each team prepares for the big event and works to get a leg up on the competition.
Ticket sales will open Monday and once again home field advantage is on the line. Each department will be out in the community selling tickets to the event, as well as a ticket package that includes an official Battle of the Badge T-shirt. Supporters can choose sides by purchasing either a red shirt to show loyalty to the firefighters or a blue shirt in support of law enforcement. The top-selling team will receive home field advantage, use of the Sweets clubhouse and bragging rights.
Battle of the Badge tickets are available from local officers and firefighters. Diamond and Premier seats will cost $15 each and all other ticket inventory will be sold as General Admission seating for $12. The ticket and T-shirt package is available for $20 and T-shirts can be purchased separately for $15. Support your team and help them secure home field advantage by purchasing tickets from local law enforcement officers and local firefighters.
For more information about the event and to purchase tickets contact Amy Harris at email@example.com or at 509-524-4557. Diamond and Premier seats are only available for sale at the Sweets Shoppe, so to purchase seats behind home plate contact the Walla Walla Sweets at 509.522.BALL.