Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was in Zanesville on Tuesday.
His office is funding the Badges For Baseball program that builds relationships between youth and law enforcement. DeWine said it was created by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice.
"I think it’s important, because sometimes kids live in a neighborhood where the only time they see police officers is in adverse situations when they’re pulling someone over or someone is arrested," said DeWine. "We want them to see police officers as their friends."
DeWine took the pitcher’s mound as Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz and his deputies played defense.
"It was fun, but I found out how bad I am," said DeWine. "One time they asked me in Cincinnati to throw out the opening day pitch, and I did pretty well. I practiced though, so maybe I should’ve practiced before I went in there today."
Children from the Zanesville Civic League Summer Day Camp and Big Brothers Big Sisters participated in the game. Badges For Baseball is also coming to Canton and Youngstown.