Our network

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids' | Community Spirit

Title (Max 100 Characters)

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'
My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

This is the 27th year for the game.  Gates open at 5:30 p.m., when members of the Northview Little League will take the field for a three-inning exhibition game.  The Giants-Padres game will begin at 6:30 p.m.  This year’s roster includes:

  • Rev. Steve Cron of St. Joseph the Worker in Wyoming (team captain)
  • Rev. Steve Dudek of Holy Name of Jesus in Wyoming
  • Rev. Len Sudlik of St. Robert of Newminster in Ada
  • Rev. Den Morrow of Saints Peter and Paul in Grand Rapids
  • Rev. Peter Vu of Assumption Church in Belmont
  • Rev. Charlie Brown of St. Francis de Sales in Holland
  • Rev. Wayne Wheeler of St. Simon in Ludington
  • Rev. Larry King of St. Patrick Parish in Portland
  • Very Rev. John J. Geaney, CSP of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Grand Rapids
  • Rev. Lamar Partin of St. Alphonsus in Grand Rapids


  • Todd Chance of MLive (team captain)
  • Jennifer Pascua and Dan Harland of WZZM 13
  • Kelly Smith, Annalise Kransz and Jon Shaner of Fox 17
  • Eva Aguirre-Cooper, Laura Velasquez and Joy Walczak of WOOD TV8
  • Gravy and Racheal from 105.3 HOT FM
  • Kim St. James and Marty Brooks from Thunder 94.5
  • Leo Martonosi from Allegan News
  • John Sinkevics from Local Spins


Last year, CCWM programs connected more than 400 children with foster homes and helped more than 130 children find adoptive families.  The organization also provided necessities to more than 2,500 babies and toddlers throughout West Michigan.