The Grand Rapids Community College baseball team is heading to Lake Michigan Credit Union Ballpark, the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, to take on Calvin University in a doubleheader, this Tuesday, April 19, with the first game beginning at 2 p.m. and the second game at 4:30 p.m.
GRCC students along with employees will be able to get into the game free with their RaiderCard. General admission is $10, and $5 for Calvin students and employees with their ID cards. Parking is free.
The GRCC Athletic Department will be celebrating the 26th anniversary of the 1996 team and the 25th anniversary of the 1997 team, who earned the first two NJCAA national championships for the Raider baseball program.
This is the second year that the Raiders have played at LMCU Ballpark. Last year’s matchup against Kellogg Community College was the first game at the stadium since the start of the pandemic, and the first game with the park’s new name.
GRCC also celebrates the success of the storied program as the baseball team has won five national championships, 19 regional championships, and 30 conference titles.
Former GRCC coach Tom Hofmann led the Raiders to almost 700 wins during his tenure while also serving as the assistant coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team. He was inducted into the Community College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988 and into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
The Raiders’ present-day coach, Mike Eddington, played two seasons at Grand Rapids Junior College where he played for Hofmann. He was part of one of the teams that placed sixth in the Junior College World Series along with notching an honorable mention.