Led by Head Coach Travis Babin, Hartnell Baseball presented two days of successful clinics for coaches and players in youth baseball on Jan. 11-12, with nearly 20 coaches and about 60 youngsters participating at Tony Teresa Diamond.
In addition to Panther coaches and players, the coaching clinic on Jan. 11 included five instructors from the Salinas-area high school coaching ranks. They were: Don Keathley (Monte Vista Christian High School), Matt Manfre (Pajaro Valley High School), Dennis Castro (Gilroy High School), Gil Ruiz (Pacific Grove High School) and Mike Luna (formerly at San Benito High School). They presented sessions on catching, pitching, infield play, hitting and team drills.
On Jan. 12, the youth players, who were ages 7 to 12 and included two girls, had the opportunity to tune up their skills before tryouts and the coming season. The experience was also meaningful for the participating Hartnell players, Babin said.
“The players get the opportunity to teach the younger generation some of the skills that helped them be successful on and off the baseball field,” he said. “It’s a great perspective for our players to get right before our season starts.
Hartnell Baseball plans to hold similar clinics next January and will share dates and information soon.