Howard High pays tribute to Caden Swancey with custom jerseys

Mary Persons baseball player Caden Swancey died in a car crash in November, and the 17-year-old was a standout catcher for the Bulldogs.

FORSYTH, Ga. — Mary Persons Baseball welcomed Howard to the field Thursday, but the game was more than just a game — it was a display of sportsmanship at the highest level.

“We play for them too, that’s bigger than baseball,” Howard head coach Bubba Gallaher said.

Mary Persons baseball player Caden Swancey died in a car crash in November, and the 17-year-old was a standout catcher for the Bulldogs.

Howard wore special custom jerseys to honor Swancey and the Forsyth-Monroe community as they continue to mourn the loss of their second student athlete killed in a car accident in the past two years.

At game time, all of the Mary Persons are 11-1 this season.

Senior Eric Snow came out with a two-point jack on the right court wall. His first of two home runs on the night, he missed just one short of the cycle.

His second dinger ended the contest 15-0 in a walk. He was greeted at home plate by Brandon Christman, who posted six fingers in honor of former teammate Caden. He was number 6.

“We have lost two children in two years. Both were special to us and it doesn’t get easier the second time around. It’s really special to see other teams step up and honor Caden like we do every day,” said Mary Persons coach Clae Mathis.

The shirts read ‘RIP Caden Swancey’ with a profile of Caden in his catching gear in the middle. Howard gave the jerseys to Mary Persons after the game.

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