PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry was sporting its brand new baseball jerseys for the season opener against Surry Central on Wednesday night.
The old jerseys are up for auction.
Over the course of the season, East will hold a silent auction for the jerseys the Cardinals have worn since 1999. Anyone interested can put in a bid for a jersey number, with the money raised going toward helping pay for upgrading the facilities at Barry Hall Field.
The classic red jerseys with “Cardinals” in script lettering across the front that have been worn the last 14 seasons have been replaced with black jerseys with red trim and the Cardinals logo.
“The kids were really excited about them,” assistant baseball coach Chad Freeman said. “We’ve had a lot of people coming together and stepping up, being generous with time, money and efforts to improve the facility and make it look nice. We’re definitely grateful for that.”
The auction, which came from an idea of the parents, went live on Tuesday with links on the school’s Facebook page and Twitter account. Within 12 hours, six of the 20 jerseys had received opening bids.
During most of the 2000s, East’s baseball team would wear the red jerseys early in the year and switch to an alternate black jersey, which had the players’ names on the back, the second half of the year. The graduating senior received the jersey as a gift at the end of the year.
Freeman said those who are interested in bidding on the jerseys can do so through the school’s website at www.surry.k12.nc.us/esh.
East is near completion of some other upgrades as well. The Cardinals have new dugouts and a new backstop. The construction was delayed by the winter weather, but Freeman said East hopes to be able to hold its home opener on March 14 against Surry Central.