July 06, 2011 - Sam Wycoff joined the rest of the group as they got ready to play their last scrimmage on Thursday in Adventures in Softball.
|Sarah Gladding pulls back for her pitch. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)|
The softball clinic was held last week by Don Peters, Clarkston High School Girls Varsity Softball head coach with help from his coaching staff and varsity players.
Hitters ages 7-12 learned and improved their skills in throwing, hitting, sliding, base running, pitching, catching, bunting and fielding.
"I like it," said Wycoff. "This is the second camp I have ever done. The first one was a basketball camp. I learned how to bunt, catch and pitch a little better."
"It is a great group of young ladies," said Peters, adding he has watched them improve during the four days.
"Their sliding has really improved," he noticed. "We did a feet first and head first slide by. The first day they were really awkward about it. Their hitting has really improved, too. It was getting them to use their hips a little better when they are hitting."
Many of the young players they had at the camp were also players for travel softball teams and play ball all year. For them it was improving their skills while the younger players with little or no experience learned how to do everything.
The campers were also coached by varsity players and former Lady Wolf Taylor Hasselbach, who currently plays for the University of Michigan.
"All the girls said they want to go watch softball at Michigan," said Peters. "They said 'she's our hero.' They see these role models want be like them - 'I want to be a varsity player. I want to play softball like you.'"
"The coaches were really nice," said Lillian Schuster during a break. "They gave me tips so I can practice over the summer and get better."
The players received T-shirts and autographed softballs. They were also treated to a slip-and-slide on their last day to help them cool off after all of their hard work.
"I am really interested in doing this again next year, too," said Wycoff.
"It was really fun," Schuster added. "I am going to come next year."
Adventures in Softball was offered through Clarkston Community Education. For more information or to find out about other camps, call 248-623-4326.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.