The third annual Battle of the Badges charity softball game is this Saturday Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Field in the Danner Sports Complex.

The third annual Battle of the Badges charity softball game is this Saturday Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Field in the Danner Sports Complex. Pre-game ceremonies and introduction of the members of the fire/ambulance softball players and the police department players will begin at 5:45 p.m. and will include three ceremonial pitches by three individuals employed by the fire/EMS department and police department. The three honored pitchers are Police Chief Rick Knouse, who is retiring Sept. 29 after nearly 41 years with the department; Fire Chief Darrell Wright, who was recently recognized as Missouri EMD Association Administrator of the Year; and Lt. Tracy Bradley who was recognized as the Regional Fire Fighter of the Year by the Missouri American Legion. Third Ward City Councilman Tom Douglas, a military veteran, will lead the crowd with the Pledge to the American Flag and Cub Scout Pack 120 will present the Colors. Carly Carlton, a member of the Grand River Area YMCA staff, will make comments about the YMCA Backpack Buddy program that will benefit from the proceeds of the evening. The umpires again will be Fourth Ward City Councilman Paul Howard and Kevin Haney, director of the field management of city parks and a current slow-pitch softball umpire. Mayor Chuck Haney will handle the public address duties. There will be concessions on site with Terry Hanavan and Chief Wright serving as the head cooks while Amy Poindexter and Nealy Poindexter will be serving food. Cindy Hanavan, police department office manager, again will serve as the official scorekeeper. The police department has 17-member squad that will be coached by Chief Knouse and assisted by Michael Smith. There are 19 players on the fire/ambulance department squad and Zach Parks will serve as the coach. Co-chairs of the event are Police Officer Jon Maples and Firefighter Zach Parks. Be sure to catch this fun family event and help raise funds for the Y Backpack Buddy program.