Softball players from Liberty County High School and Bradwell Institute recognized National Suicide Prevention Week and paid homage to a fellow softball player during a game held last Wednesday. Lady Tiger softball coach Misty Eastlake said the school received an email from the state about a story of a softball player who committed suicide about a year ago in north Georgia.
Eastlake said that she and Lady Panther Coach Virgil Butler decided to participate in the #silentsoftball initiative.
Eastlake said #silentsoftball serves as a reminder that youth sports belongs to the kids that play it.
Parents and spectators were are asked to remain silent during the first inning of each game, to support student athletes.
Eastlake said admission was free but people were encouraged to offer donations for the initiative that helps to raise awareness of youth struggling with mental health issues.
Eastlake said the players handed out bows and raised $182 to donate to suicide prevention.
The Lady Tigers took the 14-6 win in the game. The first inning closed with the teams tied 2-2. But the Bradwell girls drove in three runs in the second inning and four runs in the third and fourth innings to keep a strong lead.
Last Thursday the Lady Tigers beat Johnson High 20-1 in a three inning game. The Lady Tigers drove in 11 runs in the first inning.
Today the Lady Tigers host Glynn Academy at 6 p.m.