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T-ball teams learn new skills

June 2, 2014

Chase Palmer prepares to hit the baseball off the tee for the Muckdogs. (Submitted photo)

There is no greater joy than seeing the excitement on a child’s face when they learn a new skill.
Translate that into the sports world and more often than not, the newest athletes can be observed in t-ball leagues at the local park.
Those young players taking part in Starkville Baseball Association’s t-ball this year were treated to a greater bonus as not only did SBA offer traditional t-ball, but a modified version was added to the slate.
Thomas Berkery, t-ball director and coach of the Drayer Physical Therapy Dragons, says the modified league allowed the 6-year-olds to experience three underhand pitches from a coach before moving to the tee should it be needed.
“Overall, that league went well,” Berkery said. “Those kids that played in it will be more prepared for coach pitch next year simply because they know how to hit the ball in the air and how to adjust to where the coach threw the ball.”

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