The Vergennes Girls Softball team celebrated senior day on Thursday by spreading awareness of breast cancer.
Jamie Blanchard came to Vergennes Field to see her granddaughter play and be honored by her high school ahead of her last home regular season game ever.
“I hugged my granddaughter and gave her a kiss,” says Judie Blanchard.
But Blanchard, who is a breast cancer survivor, was honored as well.
“I was very fortunate,” Blanchard says. “It was a very small lump.”
Pink shirts were worn on the field. Shirts were also sold at concession stands. All the proceeds went towards a cancer foundation.
Vergennes softball head coach Travis Scribner said he’s proud of his players.
“Behind every uniform is a person and this is a way for us to relate to one-another,” Scribner says. “It is a way to benefit communities in needs of funds that are raised to help with breast cancer research.”
Scribner wasn’t just their high-school coach. He says he’s coached many of them since Little League.
“You see them mature,” Scribner says. “You see them make it through little league into Middle School into High School. Then okay they start getting jobs, they start driving.
“The girls are special to me. When you see them pursue their goals after high-school, all five of them are going to college.”
The Vergennes girls softball team had their senior day spoiled by Rice Memorial, losing 6-5. Rice scored the winning run in the last inning.
Despite losing their final regular season game, the Commodores will play in the postseason. They are slotted as the second seed in the division three standings.
Their first playdown game will be announced on Sunday.