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Cranking up the bats
by Chuck Thompson
Jul 25, 2013 | 1290 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Coach Blake Lyons (right) watches some of his young players take batting practice at the high school field on Monday afternoon.
Coach Blake Lyons (right) watches some of his young players take batting practice at the high school field on Monday afternoon.
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Mother Nature hasn’t been very kind to the Lady Hounds in recent weeks.

Nearly every day this month, rain has either cancelled or curtailed efforts to get in their offseason batting practice.

“Thank goodness we have the (covered) batting cages, or we wouldn’t have been able to do much at all. A lot of sessions we’ve only been able to hit in the cages,” coach Blake Lyons said. “But some days we’re able to get on the field, and that gives us a chance to get in more reps and for the girls to get used to using the whole field to hit.”

The voluntary workouts are being held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of July, with the coaches available to help the girls at 9 a.m. or 5 p.m.

“We’ve had a pretty good turnout. A lot of the girls are still playing summer travel ball, so different ones are away with their teams at different times. But we’ve been having 10 to 18 girls out for most of the sessions when we’ve been able to hit,” Lyons said.

Official practice cranks up Aug. 1 with three days of tryouts for new players to the program. Tryout sessions will be 3-5:30 p.m. on that Thursday, 3-4 p.m. on Friday and 9-11 a.m. on Saturday.

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