Softball camp preps youth players
For Berkeley High School softball coach Boogie Grooms, this is an investment in his softball future.
Grooms and some former Lady Stags softball players worked with more than 30 softball players ages 7 to 12, in the recent Park and Recreation softball camp.
“It’s important to start here,” Grooms said. “Quality softball players get younger and younger each year and it’s important to start working with these kids now.”
Drills included running the bases properly to hitting.
The Berkeley Lady Stags won the Region 8-AAA Championship this season with a team featuring just four seasons and led by an eighth grader.
“These girls will be ready for varsity play before you know it,” Grooms said. “We had an eighth grader make All-State in Brooklyn Stone. It wasn’t that long ago when Brooklyn was out here in one of these camps.”
Park and Recreation Director Ralph Jones praised the Berkeley softball program for giving back to the youth leagues.
“Many of the baseball and softball players that now play for the Berkeley Stags came from these baseball fields,” Jones said. “It’s good to see this relationship come together.”
Included in the ongoing partnership between town and school is expanding the Park and Recreation Youth Nights to include baseball and softball on an annual basis.
“We had an excellent turnout this year for our first Youth Night for spring sports on such a short notice,” Jones said. “Next year is going to be even bigger and better and will join football as an annual event for our youth.”
Grooms also expressed his gratitude for the contributions made by the community in providing his softball players with a first class facility.
“We had railings installed this spring in front of the dugouts that really improve the way we can see a game,” he said. “Being confined to the dugout is like locking me away in a cage. This way we can all see the game safely.”
Grooms also mentioned the new locker rooms being installed for his varsity and JV players.
“With the new locker rooms we’ll have walkways leading from the field to each locker room,” he said. “I am so appreciative of the support of the community.”
The Park and Recreation camps ran all week at the Youth Field Complex kicking off a summer of activities for area youth.