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More than a game, Badges for Baseball brings cops and kids together

More than a game, Badges for Baseball brings cops and kids together

"Good job guys, good job. Keep going, keep smiling," Aberdeen Police Sgt. Al Severn tells a group of youth baseball players as they run the bases on Vi Ripken Field across from the Boys and Girls Club in Aberdeen. "Stay with it, stay with it," Lt. Fred Budnick tells the third-baseman, who bobbled the ground ball hit to him before he threw it home. It was a hot on a recent Tuesday morning, but the 15 club members out playing baseball didn't seem to mind. After warming up with two laps around the bases, some arm circles, toe touches and trunk twists, the real fun began. Severn, Budnick and Det. Milton Alexander and Margarete Brown, all of the Aberdeen Police...

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