Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Derrick Quinn has turned the North Augusta Lady Jacket Softball Camp into a feeder program for his softball team.
Quinn, the softball coach at North Augusta High School, said 22 of 28 girls in his softball program last year went through the camp that teaches fundamentals to girls from 5 years old up to the age of 15.
“The goal is to let them know they can work hard and have fun at the same time,” Quinn said. “One week, it’s tough to get anybody better. We try to introduce them to the basic fundamentals, so they can apply this stuff to when they play on the rec (league) teams.”
The four-day camp, which took place at Riverview Park, saw participants from around the CSRA, according to Quinn.
“Most of them were North Augusta girls, but we had some from Augusta, Midland Valley and one from Fox Creek,” he said. “It was super. Our age range was from our youngest who was 5 to 13. It was really good.”
Along with the supervision of Quinn, the campers were also able to work with members of the Lady Jacket softball team, who served as counselors for the week.
“They’re great. It was hot, Monday and Tuesday especially, but they just fought through it,” Quinn said of the campers. “We gave them a lot of water to drink and they kept up the good work. The girls on my softball team who helped did a great job. It’s a great thing we’re able to do here.”
Destiny Mathews, a rising sophomore at North Augusta High School, said working with the kids helps her focus on her fundamentals.
“My favorite part is seeing how much fun the campers have and how much they love the game of softball,” she said. “They really hustle and listen really good. I think they enjoyed the fun and games of it, more than working hard. They enjoyed what we had planned for them.”
Mathews, who worked with the younger participants, said the kids all had a great attitude and wanted to work to improve their game.
“The biggest thing for the girls to take away is to hustle and work hard at what you’re doing to get better,” she said.
Quinn added, “From the first day to the last day, the girls are improving. Just the fundamentals, catching and throwing, hitting mechanics, they all improved.”
For these young campers, this could be the start of a Lady Jacket career.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.