GLASGOW — The Barren County High School softball team hosted girls from around the community this week during its youth softball camp.
Since Trojanette Field was wet due to rain on Tuesday, the campers practiced their hitting techniques in the nearby indoor facility located on the BCHS campus.
Barren County coach Daryl Murphy and Trojanette softball players instructed the girls on the fundamentals of batting.
“I just like to see how enthusiastic they are to learn new things,” said Lilie Broady, a rising sophomore pitcher for Barren County. “They really listen, and they kind of just take in what we’re saying to them.”
Broady said this camp is “just a lot of fun,” adding that she really enjoys watching the girls improve their skills over time.
“I always remember them from the last few years, and I like to see the younger ones grow,” she said. “You see them how they started and then when they go through the camp and practice it more and come back the next year better.”
Barren County rising junior infielder Eva Bogue said she enjoys getting to know the campers and also likes watching them progress over the course of the camp and then from year to year.
Before the campers were divided into smaller groups for batting stations on Tuesday, Murphy spoke to them about what it takes to become a good hitter.
“There are a lot of things that go into a swing,” the Trojanette coach said. “We try real hard at a younger age to teach you proper swing technique.
“We have to have a negative motion to get going in a positive direction. So we can’t hit fastballs or balls at the high school level unless we start moving. Some girls, if you watch them, will start moving their hands a little bit … but all girls will load into their back leg.”
The campers then practiced various hitting drills, led by Trojanette players, while Murphy walked around and offered additional tips to individual batters.
The Trojanette coach said this is the fourth year they have hosted this youth camp.
“We’ve grown exponentially each year,” Murphy said. “We’re up to about 65 girls this year, so that’s our largest number yet.
“It’s a community service for us because our girls need to understand they need to teach our young girls. For us, and my girls, we love the teaching part of it.”
Murphy said since a lot of the campers are very young, “we try to teach good habits, so that when they get to us as middle schoolers or they get to us as high schoolers, they’ve got the proper techniques.”
“It’s good for my older girls to understand that they’re role models for our young girls,” he said. “They get to take some of the things that they’ve learned and teach it to these younger girls. So it’s just all around a good experience.
“The best way you can learn something is if you teach it. So we’re constantly, as high school coaches, we’re teaching that to our girls in the spring, but then if they actually have to teach it to somebody else, then the depth of understanding is much better — so I think it really benefits them a lot, too, because they’re having to break down the very same things that we’re talking to them about with these younger girls.”
Murphy said they saw a lot of these campers attend Trojanette games last season.
“We had a great softball season, and a lot of these little girls came out to our games,” he said, adding that it’s very rewarding to see the campers interact with his players. “For me, that’s the most important thing. These little girls want to emulate and they want to be like the Trojanettes. For me, that’s the special moment of it.”