Vidalia players compete against parents for charity

Published 12:14 am Wednesday, April 30, 2008

VIDALIA — The Vidalia Lady Vikings softball team played one final game Tuesday night, but this time it was to help fight cancer.

Members of the Lady Vikings softball team and the players’ parents all came together and played a parents versus daughters softball game to raise money for the Relay for Life.

Money was raised by charging admission to the event and selling drinks.

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Rhino Graphics donated jerseys for the parents to wear during the game.

The proceeds from the event will be split between the Metro Ambulance and Vidalia Lower Elementary School Relay for Life teams.

“This is our second year doing this event and it has grown this year,” event coordinator Kim Evans said. “The girls and parents are very supportive.”

Each parent played the position that their daughter played during the regular season.

Other parents took umpire positions.

“It was fun to go out there and play against my daughter,” Wanda Wilson said. “It’s good bonding time for us and I always look forward to playing with the other parents. We usually tend to cheat.”

Wilson’s daughter, Katlyn Wilson, who is a third baseman, also said that she liked playing against her mother.

“It’s always fun because you don’t have to take it seriously, you can just go out there and play,” Wilson said. “I am already looking forward to next year.”

Vidalia head coach Jeannie Hall said she also enjoyed the game.

“It was a good way to end the year,” Hall said. “I’m glad everyone participated and proud of how it turned out.”

The game lasted two innings and ended in a 4-4 tie.