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Vt. campers cheer on Lake Monsters

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

They came by the camp-load to Centennial Field.

"It is kind of more exciting being here watching a baseball game than just sitting at your school," said Ryan Eaton, a camper.

More than 2,000 colorful kids filled the ballpark for Tuesday's showdown between the Lake Monsters and the Lowell Spinners.

"It is a really fast game and I love relaxing and watching one of my favorite sports," camper Taylor Detch said.

The midday game was part of Camp Day 2014 that welcomed youngsters from summer programs from across the state to the stadium.

"Lots of excitement, lot of people hoping to see the Lake Monsters win," camper Emma Howe said.

Some traveled from places like Rutland and St. Johnsbury; others made the field trip with the Williston Recreation Department.

"I like how they are really good at baseball, and they make really good plays in the field and they are good at hitting," Eaton said.

For softball slugger Taylor Detch, the annual outing was all business.

"I love how I can learn from them because I am a softball player for the Williston All Stars and I get to learn from their plays and stuff," Detch said.

"I really think them having this experience allows them to see that it is possible to be at a level like this because they're seeing it in person here, it's not like a big major league team that they don't get the opportunity to go see," said Connor Brown, a counselor at the Williston Recreation Department Summer Camp.

For others, like camper Oliver Martin, catching "Champ" off the field was just as much fun.

"He is driving around giving people hugs and high fives and all that," Martin said.

Counselors say whether the kids were more excited with the action in the stands or on the diamond, a day at the ballpark with folks from near and far cheering on the same team is just part of what makes Vermont Vermont.

"Vermont is such a bonded community compared to the rest of the world and visiting other places I have really come to enjoy that about Vermont," Brown said.

"We're with lots of other people and we have to put on our best attitude and just have fun," Howe said.

After all, win or lose, that's what Camp Day was all about.

Tickets to Tuesday's game started at $3 for the campers.

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