Killingly Intermediate School girls ‘Play for a Cure’
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Tue., May. 17, 2011
Pink was the color of the day on May 11, when the Killingly Intermediate School Cougars beat the Thompson Tigers in softball, 4-2. The Killingly girls donned pink socks for the “Play for a Cure” game to raise awareness of cancer. A percentage of the $8 purchase price of the socks went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a global leader in breast cancer research.
Kelsie Seiden said she was little when her grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She battled it for years and is doing fine now, said Seiden. “She used to take care of me, so she's a big part of my life. The game was really important,” she said.
Lizzie Patton said that her grandmother was diagnosed late and died after a year of battling the disease.
“The girls make it their own thing,” said coach Mandi Hogan. “They love it. They do their faces and hair. It brings awareness to them and the community.”
This is the second year that the KIS softball team has sponsored a “Play for a Cure” game. The emphasis was on fun, rather than fundraising. The 16 players came from sixth through eighth grades. They came with their game faces on – highlighted in pink, no less.
“This is usually a tough game,” Hogan said. “They have this rivalry with Thompson.”
In the first inning, Thompson loaded the bases. The Cougars stayed confident behind the pitching of sixth-grader Serena Berry and were able to end the threat. After six innings, the Cougars claimed victory.
“We got on base enough to be aggressive,” Hogan said. “We were able to steal bases. Bethany Ortiz got a double and drove in a run. Sue Rodriquez got two bunts and scored two runs.”
The KIS girls are one step closer to that championship game they've had their sights set on since last year.
“Every day is a work in progress,” Hogan said. “We come out every day and put our best foot forward.”