Local youth improve softball skills at Delta Charter camp

Published 12:03 am Saturday, July 4, 2015

FERRIDAY — The Delta Charter softball field was flooded with kids Friday afternoon for the school’s softball camp.

A total of 45 local youths participated in the camp run by Storm head coach Jeannie Beach.

“I was thrilled,” she said. “But I couldn’t have done this without these high school and junior high girls helping me. There were 45 girls, so that was huge support for the school.”

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Beach and her team went through the fundamentals of the game with campers, but also provided them with knowledge and exercises they could take home to continually improve their game.

“We did throwing, fielding, some pitching, bunting, hitting and slapping,” Beach said. “That was a lot to cover in three days, but we did the best we could. I’m not going to make superstars out of them in three days, but I tried to teach them things that they can take home, like some drills, or if I saw them doing something incorrectly, just try and correct them and explain to them why certain things are happening.”

Beach said she was overjoyed to see the interest from Miss-Lou youth in the game of softball, especially at such a young age.

“That is awesome, and I hope they love it as much as I do and as much as these older kids do,” she said. “To come out here for three days shows a lot. They have to work to do it.”

Beach said she was also proud to see Delta Charter team members excel in coaching the younger kids.

“Listening to the older girls explain these drills to the little girls shows that they have been listening for the last three years,” she said. “They may not do it correctly every time, but they have definitely listened, because they were spitting out word for word what I’ve been saying all this time.”

Beach admitted that young kids can pose some challenges, but said she was happy with how her team took the initiative to jump right in.

“Little ones are a challenge, but these older girls, I let them pick their groups on day one, so I actually had some that volunteered to go with the little ones,” Beach said. “So I knew they were going to do great with them. It is just having patience, and of course, you give them some more breaks because it is hot.”

Beach said the camp will go towards some projects at the Delta Charter softball field, and that the camp may have raised enough money to knock out a project before next softball season.

“We want to put brick up from dugout to dugout and get a net and get rid of the fence,” Beach said. “This was a fundraiser to do that and we’ve made enough money to do it I think. But I do hope that this camp continues to grow every year.”