Salukis preach pitching during summer camp
CARBONDALE, IL-- What happens when you take a gym full of girls of all ages, and arm them with softballs?
"You've got to be careful, especially at pitching camp, because you could get hit," said SIU head softball coach Kerri Blaylock, while smiling. "It's actually cute because you have everything from a seven year old whose just learning the first time to try to pitch, to somebody whose sixteen that's pretty accomplished."
Blaylock also focuses on the little things during camp, like how to act on the mound, and how to be a good teammate. But her specialty is working with the seven to nine year olds.
"It's kind of neat to get them started early, and to see if they can pick it up," Blaylock explained. "The drill work, you kind of weed out kids because it is kind of boring you know. It's a wall, a mush ball, and can you go and throw and try to get better but, i think it is good for them to get started early. I do believe it helps with coordination and a lot of things like that."
And even though it does look like they're just throwing a ball against a wall for two hours, the girls immediately saw results.
"It teaches me not to aim at my dots, and keep going hard, and finish strong and everything," said Natalie Lang of West Paducah.
"I was throwing harder, and I was more accurate," admitted Colby Harmon of Carterville.
Although some of the girls are young, they're very fast learners. Coach blaylock said she saw progression in every single girl, just about an hour into camp. Around forty girls participated in Tuesday's drills, the camp will wrap up Wednesday afternoon.
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