By John Mitchell
The dirt may be frozen and the outfield brown, but Bedford Babe Ruth Softball is already thinking spring. Since January 7th, nearly two dozen girls from 3rd through 8th grade have gathered on Wednesday evenings in the back gym of Bedford High School to practice pitching, throwing, batting, and baserunning, all to get ready for the spring softball season. The clinics have been a regular feature in Bedford for several years.
Frank Baudanza, long-time manager in the league and organizer of the winter program, emphasizes inclusion and skill building as goals of the clinics. “Practices are open to all girls, from those just learning the game to those who have played for years in our spring or summer leagues. He adds, “If your daughter is thinking of playing in the upcoming season, we hope she will join us on Wednesday nights. It is never too late to start playing softball.”
Clinics are open on a walk-in basis, to girls in third grade or older and residing in Bedford or on Hanscom Air Force Base. There is no cost to attend. Clinics are run by parents and other coaches from the Bedford Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball program.
Practices are every Wednesday evening, except during school breaks, from 7:30 to 9:30. Younger girls, or girls who are new to softball, are encouraged to come for the first hour to work on the basics. More experienced and older players may prefer to arrive for the second hour for more advanced coaching. Everyone, however, is welcome to come and go as they are able.
For more information about Bedford Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball, including player and adult-volunteer registration for spring leagues, please visit: www.bedfordbaseballsoftball.com.