CLIFFSIDE PARK/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge High School junior varsity and varsity baseball teams have teamed up with Cliffside Park baseball to play a pair of games to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The benefit, Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer, are scheduled be played Friday, with the junior varsity playing at 9 am, followed by the varsity at 11:30 am in Cliffside Park. 

The benefit was started by Cliffside Park head baseball coach Ben Luderer, after a family in Cliffside Park was affected by pediatric cancer. 

"Because of Ben's relationship with (Wood-Ridge head coach) Mike Carcich, he wanted to get Wood-Ridge involved and he hopes to make this an annual event," said Cliffside Park Athletic Director Dave Porfido.  "Both coaches have agreed to match funds, and wil wear yellow arm sleeves on Friday as well."

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Before the season started, a few Diamond Club members approached me about doing community service or making charitable contributions for good causes to get more involved with the community, said Carcich.  "As I was making our schedule, two of these opportunities fell on my lap."

The Cliffside Park coach, Ben Luderer, asked me if we wanted to be part of the Pediatric Cancer game and Anthony Stratton of Weehawken asked me if we wanted to be part of his Autism Awareness tournament next Saturday.  We fundraised and donated $300 as a program for Pediatric Cancer and will hopefully donate the same amount or more for the Autism tournament.  We're glad to do our part for such great causes."

The goal is to raise $2000. Anyone interested in donating can do so at


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