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Posted on: September 5, 2023

Battle of the Badges baseball tournament

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Battle of the Badges baseball tournament grows to five teams

Macomb County first responders to compete at Jimmy John’s Field on Sept. 24

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Battle of the Badges series of friendly sports competitions is growing. The Third Annual softball tournament, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m., features teams from Clinton Township and Sterling Heights police and fire departments, and new this year, a team from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

“This year is already shaping up to be a big event,” said Chuck VanHoorelbeke, Deputy Chief of Operations, Clinton Township Fire Department. “The level of play is pretty good, and all money raised from ticket sales, raffles, donations, and sponsors will go towards our first responder statute to be installed at the Civic Center.”

A four-foot bronze statue of a firefighter and police officer holding a child’s hand will commemorate Clinton Township’s first responders who served the community for the past 75 years. The sculpture will sit atop a granite base surrounded by commemorative bricks and benches purchased by community members. 

Battle of the Badges events also include hockey games in support of those in need from first responder families.

“We want to continue to help,” said Officer Adam Hackstock of the Clinton Township Police Department. “So, between our fire and police departments, other agencies, everybody just wants to get together for a good time and raise money to help those in need,” he said.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for this family-friendly event featuring raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing, food concessions, mascots, and more. Tickets are $10, available at the gate or online at (search Clinton Township Softball). For more information, call 586-263-8437. 

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