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Skills and drills clinic busy for baseball and softball

March 7, 2015

by Adel Alshammari

Students from different schools in the city gathered Saturday to learn and practice playing baseball. The “skills and drills ” program will take place each Saturday  from 10 a.m.  to noon during the month of March. The program is organized by the Albany Police Athletic League, and run by Albany High School.

Falcon Klyne Ludewick taught batting skills to Carmon Careona at Saturday’s clinic

Falcon Klyne Ludewick taught batting skills to Carmon Careona at Saturday’s clinic

Students from ages 6 to 12 receive professional training to learn the basic fundamentals and skills of baseball and softball  in a competitive environment.  More than 100 students are already signed up to participate in the clinic, according to Leonard Ricchiuti, executive director of the athletic league. Participants were divided into two groups in separated places in the gymnasium so each group of students worked under one or two baseball trainers – current students at the high school. Throwing, catching ,fielding, and hitting the ball were all covered.

“We try to provide many opportunities for all youth at Albany to make them think for their future. Our mission is to help youth to develop  youth to become adult,” Ricchiuti said.

Mr. Garrett Baron, Baseball Coach, during the first day of Baseball/Softball Skills & Drills Clinics at Albany High

Mr. Garrett Baron, Baseball Coach, during the first day of Baseball/Softball Skills & Drills Clinics at Albany High

“It is for community and it is something important because young kids in the community do not know about to much, so we try advertising the baseball,” said Garrett Baron, physical education teacher  at Hackett Middle School and varsity baseball coach at the high school. It is considered as an introductory program for middle school students who want to be part of high school some day.”

Among those at the Albany High School baseball drills, was 12- year-old Evan Kirk, who has played baseball for seven years. Kirk said that he likes playing baseball and he wants to learn more techniques about throwing and hitting the ball. His father, Matt Kirk, 42, said that Evan during his participation make a new friends and have fun time with different kids.

Evan Kirk, right, was training to hit the ball with Baseball Team Trainer ,Klune Lydewick,left.

Evan Kirk, right, was training to hit the ball with Baseball Team Trainer ,Klune Lydewick,left.

One baseball player who worked under the supervision of Baron in Albany School was Klyne Ludewick, 16, who has played baseball for 10 years. He tries to to help kids to learn new baseball techniques and to develop confidence.

Kate Keefe, 39, the mother of one of participants from Albany High, Sean Keefe, said that her son came to learn the rules and regulations of baseball. “This program and other programs pull the community together.”

Anyone still interested in learning the rules of  baseball can register online through the PAL website or just come to the event location, and the registration is free.

“This event is prepared kids to ready for participation in American Little League and National Little League that will be in April,” said Ricchiuti.-30-

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