Annual Pitch for Pink raises money for breast cancer research

Action News talent take the field to help

CLEARWATER, Fla - She keeps you one step ahead of traffic tie-ups and accidents but can Meredyth Censullo keep her eye on the ball?

We'll find out this afternoon in the sixth annual Pitch for Pink event. Our favorite traffic reporter and ABC Action News Meteorologist Denis Philips are on the roster for the Local Celebrities & Athletes Softball Game. It starts at 4:30 p.m., just before he Clearwater Threshers take on the Fort Myers Miracle.

Pitch for Pink is a partnership between the Threshers and Morton Plant Mease. Proceeds benefit Morton Plant Mease breast health services and programs.

If you know Meredyth, she's a bit of a gym junkie but typically shies away from team sports. This time she's ready to swing for the fences. She did tell us, though, that she wishes they'd offer up a tee like in our in-studio batting practice.

She's also hoping to escape the kinds of calamities she's seen take down former colleagues. One weatherman took a softball to the face. He wore the black and blue evidence for the next few forecasts. Another anchor needed stitches under his eye after an on-field injury. There are a few more on the list but you understand why the station soon banned talent from playing in leagues.

You can cheer on Meredyth and Denis at Bright House Field. It's located at 601 N. Old Coachman Road in Clearwater. Again, their game starts at 4:30.

Stay for the Threshers game at 6:30 p.m. Pink jerseys and pink bats will be autographed and auctioned off in the silent auction.

Breast cancer survivors are also invited to take a lap around the bases with players of both teams and fans cheering them on.

Tickets range from $5-9.

Since it's inception in 2006, Pitch for Pink has raised over $130,000.

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