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Youth softball players learn the game from Folsom High's team, coaching staff

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom  High’s softball team didn’t have any games scheduled during spring break, but they still played lots of softball.

Head coach Mike Scott and the high school players held a three-day clinic for players from the Folsom Softball Club. Two dozen girls between the ages of 7 and 12 participated in the clinic, which taught the girls the fundamentals of the game: hitting, throwing and catching and lots of fielding drills. The younger girls played from 9 to 11 a.m., while the older group played from noon to 2 p.m.

“We had a good-sized group,” Scott said. “The first day we covered throwing and catching and Tuesday we hit. Today (Wednesday) is position play and fielding. This is a way to give back to the kids. It’s a chance for the younger girls to meet the older girls, who they look up to. We had a lot of fun.”

For the high school players, it was a chance to teach all they know about the game to the future of Folsom softball.

“There’s a lot of good talent here,” Folsom sophomore Kacie Hurlimann said. “If we teach them the fundamentals then it will be easier when the get to high school. They will be ready to go. For us on the team, this helps us bond a little bit and when you teach someone something you learn it better yourself. You have to know it to teach it. These girls have learned so much in three days. They’re getting a lot of repetitions and they’re having fun.”

Scott was happy to see his players having fun too.

“It’s fun to see these girls teach the younger players,” Scott said. “By them teaching, it will help them get better themselves. Everyone is having fun out here. No one is complaining and they all want to be here. It’s a positive thing.”