LMU hosts 2015 softball camp

Summer Walker gets some instruction from a current Lady Railsplitter.

Photos by Allen Earl | Claiborne Progress Molly Mallicoat works on her backhanded fielding techniques.

The Lincoln Memorial University softball team played host to the 2015 summer softball camp June 22-25.

A few years back the camp had only a handful of participants but this year, Lady Railsplitter’s head softball coach Natalie Layden set a lofty goal and prepared for 50 athletes. Her goal was quickly met and those 50 athletes helped make the camp successful.

When asked about the camp’s goals and overall objective coach Layden said, “To be honest with you we use this camp as much as a showcase of local talent as we do anything. Of course we do help the players out with the fundamentals and improving their overall skills but I have to admit that I’m looking for future Lady Railsplitters.”

When asked about what it takes to run a camp Layden added, “First it takes a lot of help from LMU to house the athletes and help from many volunteers and sponsors. Our many sponsors and moms help us run the camp and fund the shirts and we are thankful for all of them.”

The camp volunteers include assistant coaches from the LMU program as well as current players who actively assist the middle school and high school aged players and offer them one on one instruction and encouragement. This year Claiborne High School had five players in attendance including Kaylee Cox, Molly Mallicoat, Summer Walker, Rachel Cupp and Regan Cupp.

The skills were focused on in the morning sessions and game play was the main objective during the afternoon. The hope of the LMU coaching staff is that future LMU students and players will use the camp as a means of finding out all that the campus has to offer to its students and athletes.

LMU representatives added they would like to thank all the sponsors, parents, volunteers and everyone who helped make the 2015 a success.

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