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Girls of summer

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Photo by Laura Gjovaag

Attendees at this week’s fastpitch softball clinic warm up by running across Sunnyside’s Lincoln Fields. Although the heat soared into the 90s, the girls gamely raced each other to the shed and back.

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Photo by Laura Gjovaag

Logan Pickel fights the sun to catch a pop-up at the clinic. The attendees learned how to throw, catch and bat over the course of the four-day clinic.

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Coach Ralph Mendoza shows how to swing a bat, emphasizing each motion. Along with hitting, catching and throwing, Mendoza also emphasized learning how to read a game and being aware of what choices to make depending on the situation.

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Coach Ralph Mendoza demonstrates the proper stance while fielding ground balls.

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On the first day of camp, participants rated their own skill levels in throwing, hitting, fielding, catching and situational awareness. The goal was to improve in all five areas by the end of camp.

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Pete Marquez (left) shows the proper method for catching a ball in the outfield while preparing to throw.

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