Monday, April 21, 2014
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Belton’s softball sees camp best turnout ever

softball-campThe Belton High School Softball Camp was another roaring success this week, as over 50 campers over two days participated in drills, skills challenges and lessons from Belton coach Matt Blackburn.

"We had a really good turnout as compared to previous years," said Blackburn. "There were 36 incoming 9th grades, more than any of the six years I've hosted a camp."

 

With many players and parents in attendance, the sixth through ninth graders on Monday and Kindergarten through fifth graders on Tuesday got their softball players got their dose of softball knowledge with calisthenics, running, hitting and fielding.

On the dirt part of the diamond, the infielders practiced taking grounders and converting throws with speed and accuracy. The outfielders practiced taking different lines, paths and angles to fly balls and took lessons on proper outfield positioning.

Softball2After the defensive drills, the campers took to hitting drills. All of the campers enjoyed this session of the camp, as everyone got to take their cuts and swing to their hearts content.

With many of Belton's varsity and junior players on hand to assist the campers, the current Belton High School players also taught and mentored the campers in batting techniques to the future Tiger hopefuls. The interaction was mutual, as the players and campers alike has a great time teaching and learning the Lady Tigers way of softball.

"Every year, the girls do a good job in assisting and teaching the kids how we do things in Belton," said Blackburn. "I take pride in helping host camp and it's a rewarding experience for them."

Each day ended with scrimmage games and a motivational message from coach Blackburn. The players left Lady Tiger Field hot and exhausted, but with smiles on their faces and lessons learned in hard work and skills that will pay off with better play in the future.

Softball3"I was surprises that it was as hot as it was," said Blackburn. "But it was still a little cooler than last year."

Blackburn is looking at the possibility of doing an additional camp, when the weather cools off.

"We're thinking of doing another one over Christmas break based on the great turnout that we had," said Blackburn.