The high schoolers lead the breakdown Photos/ Travis Charlson

This past weekend, the St. Ansgar Baseball and Softball team’s came together for a day of teaching the youth all about baseball and softball, or as some like to call it, America’s Pastime. 

The day started with baseball sessions in the morning. The Pre-K through 3rd graders started the day, followed by a 4th-7th grade session. After the baseball clinics in the AM, the softball clinics were held in the afternoon with Pre-K through 3rd starting the first session with the 4th through 7th grade softball players ending the day. The day turned out to be a success for all, with over 100 boys and girls signing up the day of the clinic. 

Emery Sponheim listens intently to Brooklyn Hackbart.

“We have been doing the clinic, free of charge, for the last 19 years,” said Head Baseball Coach Devin Schwiesow. “Our main goal of the clinic is to help with the three important skills in baseball/softball, catching, throwing, hitting. It is a simple game when you master these three, often easier said than done!” 

“The main thing that I stressed during the clinic was to have the girls learn some skill that they can use to become better ball players during their Park and Rec season, and when they are just playing catch with their parents or other people,” said Head Softball Coach Lance Schutjer. “I also wanted to give them some confidence that they can learn how to do things the right way and they will get better with practice.” 

Matthew Clevenger winds up a meatball.

The clinic is always fun to watch. The youngsters really enjoy the day, getting to learn from the high school ball players and coaches. The coaches really get a kick out of it too! 

“I enjoy watching the little kids get excited about the game,” said coach Schwiesow. “I love hearing when they leave, “I am going to come back every Saturday!” No we do not have a clinic every Saturday, however we hope that gets them out to play catch. Suppose to be in the 60’s this coming weekend, so I hope it works!” 

“Most important was that they had some fun at the clinic, and I think they did,” said coach Schutjer. 

Emerson Brumm getting tips on how to pitch from Lily Walk.

This clinic is big for the youth to learn about the sport of baseball and softball. This will be something they won’t soon forget either. 

“All of our high school athletes remember going to this clinic when they were young, so it is fun or me to see the development over the years,” said coach Schwiesow. “This clinic helps our high school players realize they are leaders and role models on the field and off. It is a good day for all age group. Our high school players learn leadership and communication skills and our youth learn more about the game. A huge thank you to St. Ansgar Schools for letting us host this when the weather is not quite ready for outdoor baseball and softball. Also, thanks to the park and recreation board members that help with registration for our little league programs and all the help during the summer!” 

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