Ariton girls learning new skills in softball summer camp

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ARITON, Ala. (WDHN) — The Lady Purple Cats are holding a softball camp and campers say they’re having the best time improving their game this week.

Nineteen girls who have completed second through sixth grade are developing their skills at softball summer camp this week.

“We’ve had a good show out,” Ariton Head Softball Coach Haley Barefoot said. “All the girls seem to be having a lot of fun. They’re getting better each day. They’re throwing, catching better, getting more comfortable around all the players helping out and everything.”

The camp runs Wednesday through Friday and after only two days the girls say they’ve learned a lot.

“I’m learning new things like how to square my feet better for bunting and learning how to control my bunt better,” camp attendee Stella Evans said.

“Before I wasn’t really good and now I’m starting to get better,” camp attendee Leighton Snellgrove said.

“We learn how to catch fly balls, grounding and batting,” camp attendee Neveah Williams said.

“Trying to catch the ball and throw it back,” camp attendee Ayley Lentz said.

They’re definitely having a lot of fun.

“I like the running part when we play games and run around the bases,” camp attendee Madolyn Hudson said.

“I like the catching part,” camp attendee Macieleigh Bragg said.

“It’s super fun for me to do and it kind of entertains me,” Lentz said.

Barefoot says the program helps the high school’s softball program in multiple ways.

“I think it will help us out in the future,” Barefoot said. “It’s a fundraiser for our team now, but also those girls get to see what we do and I know being a camper when I was a kid made me want to be part of the team and I think it will help them grow.”

Ariton high team members act as coaches and umpires but most of all they cheer campers on.

Encouraging each other is a value near and dear to the Purple Cats’ hearts.

Haley barefoot/ariton head softball coach
“Having those girls out here for camp shows those little girls, ‘Oh we need to be like them and be cheering each other on and not only looking out for ourselves and being selfish,'” Barefoot said.

“It gets you energized and they help you with where you want to hit the ball better and they just pep you up and stuff,” Hudson said.

Barefoot’s message to campers is to keep working hard and one day they’ll be scoring runs for the Lady Cats.

Camp wraps up Friday and campers will get t-shirts and other fun prizes along with new and improved softball skills.

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