BUFFALO — Even though turnout was low last Saturday’s free baseball clinic was still a “great time” for “a good group of kids” and the volunteers who taught them the basics of the game.
West Springs Baptist Church held a free baseball clinic Saturday morning at the Dixie Youth Fields beside Buffalo Elementary School. The clinic was for children ages 3-12 who were divided into three groups with each group on a separate field. The groups were Tee Ball, Machine Pitch, and Player Pitch.
A flier issued by the church about the clinic stated that it was designed to be both instructional and fun for the players, teaching them not only how to play the game but also sportsmanship and how to conduct themselves during a game.
The clinic was taught by volunteers whose ranks included former and current Union County baseball standouts and former Union County Dixie Youth coaches.
One of the volunteers was Union County Sheriff David Taylor who said Thursday that turnout was down considerably from just over 70 last year to approximately 10 this year.
“We didn’t have as big a turnout as we did last year (and) we’re not sure why attendance was off,” Taylor said. “It may be because we had to hold it a few weeks later because of the weather. It may be that by the time we held it Saturday some kids were already involved with other weekend sports.”
Even though there were far fewer children participating in this year’s clinic than last year’s, Taylor said that those who did still had a good time and so did he and the other adult volunteers.
“We had a good group of kids,” Taylor said. “We worked on fielding, on how to run the bases, hitting and the proper way to hold the bat. We spent about two hours with them and then we fed them lunch and we had a short devotional with them.
“Our numbers were low but we had a great group of kids and a good group of instructors,” he said. “We just had a great time.”
Taylor said that the church still plans to have a free baseball clinic next year and will look at how to boost attendance.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.