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Fifth Third Ballpark hosts YMCA all-star game


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- It wasn't the West Michigan Whitecaps who took the field at Fifth Third Ballpark Monday afternoon.

Instead, it was the first-ever all-star game for the YMCA inner city youth baseball and softball program.

The players are in 6th through 8th grades. The all-star game was an end-of-season celebration, said volunteer coach William Bryant.

"It gives them the feel of what the players actually go through, the same lineup, the same refreshments," said Bryant. "We're enjoying it. We're superstars tonight."

About 1,900 kids play baseball and softball in the summer program.

The all-star game was hosted by the Whitecaps Community Foundation.


Summer Festival at St. Joseph Church in Conklin, August 9th

Summer Festival at St. Joseph Church in Conklin, August 9th

It is Festival Time once again at St. Joseph’s Church in Wright Township on Sunday, August 9, 2015  from 12 Noon until 5:00pm.

A great Country Style BBQ Chicken Dinner will be served from Noon until 4:00pm. Dinner is $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children ages 5 – 12 years of age. Under 5 will eat FREE!

Along with live music, there will be games for children through teenagers, a Grand Raffle, quilt and mini raffles, craft booths, bake sale, a grocery wheel with home grown produce as prizes and a Vegas Tent.  A little bit for everyone!

St. Joseph’s Church is located at 18760  8th Ave, Conklin, MI.  Take I-96 West to the 8th Ave. Exit #25 and proceed North for 5 miles.  Ph: 616-899-2286

Reed Kamyszek competes in his First Professional 15k Race

Reed Kamyszek competes in his First Professional 15k Race

Orange alums shine at local race!

13th annual World's Largest Dog Wash at Fifth Third Ballpark


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sunday is probably the only day you can get your dog washed while checking out a West Michigan White Caps game.

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is hosting the 13th annual World's Largest Dog Wash at Fifth Third Ballpark during the Whitecaps "Dog Days" game on July 12.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features dog washes, doggy bag giveaways and a number of pet contests.

The cost is $10 per dog. That money goes to the Children's Cancer and Grief Program.

Admission to the game is not included with the dog wash, but dog wash attendees can park at the ballpark for free during the event.

Dozing Hummer driver strikes Kent Co. deputy's cruiser


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- No one was seriously hurt was hurt when a Hummer SUV collided with a Kent County Sheriff's deputy cruiser Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. at Lamoreaux Dr. and Stony Creek Ave. NW.

Authorities say the driver of the Hummer fell asleep at the wheel and struck the deputy's vehicle at a stop sign.

The deputy was taken to a hospital for a health evaluation as a precaution.

Meijer State Games officially open


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- It's a big weekend for sports in West Michigan. The sixth annual Meijer State Games kicked off its second and biggest weekend with an opening ceremony Friday at Fifth Third Ballpark.

The Meijer State Games is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event that welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability. Forty-four different venues are hosting the games and 7,500 athletes will compete more than 40 different sports.

The games are expected to have an estimated $14.3 million economic impact in West Michigan. Hoteliers and restaurants will benefit from the large number of people traveling here from other parts of the state.

Registration is still open and members of the community are encouraged to support the games and athletes by attending the events.

Padres win again in Let's Go to Bat for Kids fundraiser


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fifth Third Ballpark held the Let's Go to Bat for Kids fundraiser for Catholic Charities West Michigan tonight, and the Padres extended their decades-long winning streak with a 12-11 victory.

The game pits area priests, playing as the CCWM Padres, against TV, radio, and print personalities, playing as the Media Giants. The Media Giants have never won.

The event has been held for nearly three decades and supports the foster programs of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

Missy and Tom Bozung joined the WZZM 13 News at 5 on Tuesday to talk about their experiences as foster parents. They have fostered about 15 kids in the last 15 years and say the experience has been very rewarding. See more of what they have to say in the video below.