The Marble Falls High School softball program is hosting a free youth clinic from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Scearce Softball Filed on the high school campus.
“We want to get the youth league involved and let them know the high school program is here for them,” head coach Alex Lozoya said. “And they know they have access to us whenever they want.”
He thought the clinic might draw 20 youth. But it has 40 signed up and won’t turn anyone away.
While Lozoya will lead the clinic, the high school players will be demonstrating and teaching before each child participates in each age- and level-appropriate drill.
“My girls are going to go out and participate,” he said. “We’ll spread out in certain areas. We’ll have very basic, very routine drills. We’ll be as bland and as routine as possible.”
While the clinic provides obvious benefits on the field, Lozoya believes it can have long-term effects, too.
The biggest is the youth will meet and want to mirror the high school players.
Lozoya remembers being an elementary student in San Antonio and being read to by members of the high school football team each Friday and the impact it left on him.
“To us, those guys could have been the Dallas Cowboys,” he said. “You knew their names and numbers and you were going to see them. The (high school) girls are excited to show them and to teach.”
The Lady Mustangs are 0-2 in District 24-4A play with losses to Lampasas 12-0 March 21 and to Jarrell 19-1 March 14.
The Lady Badgers scored eight runs in the first inning. Marble Falls didn’t allow a run in three of the five innings.
“We are in a very tough district,” Lozoya said. “We have to find ways to be consistent with pitching and defense at the same time. District games are a different vibe. You have to be consistent in the circle and on defense. If we can stay positive, optimistic and motivated, I think we’ll see the benefits.”
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