Baseball, Softball Athletes Get Local Kids Ready To Play Ball

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The Albion College baseball and softball teams combined forces Feb. 16 to host 97 children in the series of free clinics sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The Dow Recreational Center was busy as parents, children, and Briton student-athletes all gathered to teach the children about these two sports.

Children were split into groups to learn how to catch and throw a baseball, run the bases, play positions in the infield and outfield, and, last but not least, how to bat. The morning finished with a game of whiffle ball, where the children could demonstrate what they had learned.

SAAC Representative Kacey Anderson, a senior member of the softball team, got to work with the 4- and 5-year olds throughout the clinic. After working with these children she said, "I think the SAAC clinics are a really fun way for us to help out the community. You can really tell how much the kids enjoy it and it's awesome to see improvement at every age level, especially in just a two hour time span."

Registrations are still being accepted for the April 29 football clinic. There is a waiting list for all other clinics. Contact Melissa Walton, via e-mail at mwalton@albion.edu or phone at 517/629-0593, to register or to put your child's name on the waiting list.