Highlanders softball clinic is a hit

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— West Milford Highlanders Softball Coach Nicole Gwinnett arranged a free youth softball clinic at the West Milford High School gym on March 2. The high school softball coaching staff and current players from the Highlanders softball team provided registrants with small group instruction that focused on skill and player development in a very fun way.

Fundamentals of fastpitch pitching, catching, hitting, fielding, base running and more were covered at the clinic. Two sessions were held based on age, and each session was also split into smaller sections to provide more focused teaching of specific skills for each group.

Younger players focused more on beginner fundamentals such as stances and proper forms for throwing, fielding and batting. They also enjoyed a relay race at the end of the clinic.

Older players were instructed in more advanced skills, and they even got a chance to take a turn in the high school team’s batting cages.

Most of the girls that participated in the clinic were new or returning players from the West Milford Girls Softball Association’s (WMGSA) recreational league, which is the primary source of experienced players for the high school team in later years. Girls from all age divisions, from T-ball (age 5) through Majors (age 14), had a fun day of softball. The clinic served to help the younger players improve their skills, and also helped fuel their excitement for the upcoming softball season.

Even though Mother Nature may not be ready for the spring season to come just yet, these girls certainly are. Batter up!

- Story and photos by Patricia Keller

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