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Girls take a swing around the field

• Saugus High softball team hosts clinic for youngsters.

Posted: April 11, 2008 1:11 a.m.
Updated: June 12, 2008 5:02 a.m.

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School was out this week for spring break, but the softball field at Saugus High School was full of activity Thursday as the softball team shared its skills with younger girls from the community.

"It's a fundraiser, but it's also just to expose the youth in the community to Saugus Softball," Saugus Softball Coach Julie Watson said of the daylong softball clinic. "I think it's fun for the younger girls to meet the current players."

The attendees, ranging in age from 5 to 13, were broken up into age groups to learn hitting, throwing, running and catching.

"They'll learn all aspects of the game," Watson said.

Devyn Trifari, a fifth grader at Legacy Christian Academy, plays center and sometimes third base for the Braves, a William S. Hart Pony League team. She was at Saugus High Thursday to learn from the high school girls.

"They have experience and they know a lot more, so they can teach us stuff that we're going to need to know," Devyn said.

Kali Shatto, an eighth-grader at Arroyo Seco Junior High, wanted to improve her skills and get to know some of the girls she hopes to call teammates next school year when she is a freshman at Saugus and tries out for the team.

"I'm looking forward to high school, and I just love softball - it's really fun," Kali said.

Watson said that while the young girls learn the basics of softball, the high school girls get a lot out of giving back to the community.

"It's great for them to work with the community," Watson said. "I also think it's great for them to share what they know with a young player."

Saugus varsity catcher Alexis Tellez, a junior, said it's important for the younger girls to learn the basics, and also to learn the right attitude to have on the field.

"When I was younger, I didn't get to play very much because we moved around a lot, so it's great to see these young girls who love the sport as much as I do," Tellez said.

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