The importance of Wednesday's baseball game between Whitmer and Central Catholic extended beyond the diamond.
For the second straight year the two teams met in the 'Survivor Game.' Both schools wore special uniforms to benefit different foundations.
For the Irish, they were playing in support of ALS research. Otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Central recently honored several alumni and staff member suffering from the disease.
The Panthers partnered with the American Cancer Society and before the game members of the team were joined by cancer survivors as they took the field. Shelly Semler, a Whitmer graduate and cancer survivor, threw out the first pitch.
As for the game, the Irish prevailed 8-1.