Pitching Priests at T-Bones Stadium

Father Anthony Ouellette watched as his hit sailed into the left field corner. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Nearly 3,000 members of the Kansas City  Catholic community from both sides of the state line turned out for the Pitching Priests charity softball game, played Friday night at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Missouri team, from the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, won the game in extra innings, coming from behind to defeat the Kansas team from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Father Adam Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to pull the Missouri team ahead 16-15 in the bottom of the seventh.

The priests were the stars of the show, with fans waving homemade signs and kids lined up along the dugout walls for autographs.

The annual event, nicknamed the I-435 Series, raises money for Catholic seminary students training for the priesthood.

Father Sean McCaffery signed a copy of his baseball card for a young fan. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Monsignor Michael Mullen, pastor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kansas, made solid contact. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Seminarian Will Sutherland pinch ran for Monsignor Mullen. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Lucius Hre Kung, bishop of the Diocese of Hakha, Burma, was warmly received by the crowd. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Monsignor Mullen acknowledged the crowd after an at bat. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Seminarian Sebastian Scholl crossed home plate just ahead of the tag. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Father Anthony Ouellette, pastor of Holy Name Church and chaplain at Bishop Ward High School, rounded third base. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Father Etienne Huard crossed home plate with the winning run, setting off a mad celebration on the field and in the stands. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Father Paul Sheller, left, held on to the ball for the out, despite a collision from Father Barry Clayton. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
As the crowd prepared to depart, Archbishop Joseph Naumann offered a blessing. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
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