BY WENDI REARDON
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Mackenzie Kramer smiled as she stepped off the field as Adventures in Softball campers finished their last scrimmage last Thursday.
The camp, held for players ages 6-12, included throwing, fielding, hitting, bunting, slapping, base running, pitching, catching and sliding. The camp was led by Clarkston Varsity Softball Head Coach Don Peters, his varsity players and alumni.
“I enjoyed learning about first,” said Leila Davis.
Peters admitted the camp was small this summer with only seven campers and he was asked if he wanted to cancel the camp. He said no.
“We want to serve the girls,” Peters added.
Instead he turned it into a positive. Campers not only had more opportunities to work on skills like getting ground balls, but they were also able to get individualized lessons and work on perfectly their skills in focused areas.
“They are going for lessons and it might be something for next year we can market – two types of camps like individual hitting or pitching lessons,” Peters said.
He added Adventures in Softball gives the kids something to look forward to during summer break.
“They have great role models in the varsity players and alumni – especially Rachel Vieira,” Peters said. “They are learning about being a quality athlete and a quality person.”
Each camper had an exit interview with Peters and each promised they would pitch harder, hit further, run faster, be smarter, get stronger and be nicer.
Adventures in Softball ended with the tradition of the slip and slide as the girls practiced their sliding skills. See the slip and slide photos in a future edition of The Clarkston News.
The camp is held through Clarkston Community Education. For more information or to find other camps, please visit www.itpr.org or call 248-623-4326.