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SJRSC Practice

June 2, 2013

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Our Babe Ruth team had a wonderful opportunity to have members of the St. John’s River State College Vikings baseball team work with them.  Head coach Ross Jones was not able to be there, but assistant coach Will Coggin was amazing with the kids.  Joining Coach Coggin were 5 members of the team: AJ Stevens, Matt Pennington, Jose Hernandez, Casey Eddinger, and Blake Swann.  Each of their players took a keen interest in teaching and sharing baseball with our team.

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Coach Coggin led us into their hitting facility where he went through a number of hitting drills.  Once he taught a drill, the kids spread out to 6 different batting tees where they practiced the drill.  Each of the Vikings helped 2 of the kids with the drills.  After each of the drills, Coach Coggin gathered the kids together to teach them the next drill.  After the batting tee drills came some soft toss in the batting cages.  There were 3 cages, and the Vikings worked with each kid, making sure that they were swinging properly and hitting line drives up the middle.

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All of the kids had a great time and will probably remember this for the rest of their lives.  I know I will.  It was fun to watch the college players and their coach pass on their love of the game.  They went above and beyond anything that I could have asked for.

That Saturday we went to the Vikings game.  We got to see Matt Pennington throw a no-hitter into the eighth inning.  Blake Swann also had a great game, going 3 for 4 with 4 solid line drives.  The Vikings came out on top 3-0.  After the game, we had 3 of our players left.  Head Coach Ross Jones invited us into the dugout and gave them each a game used ball.  Matt Pennington, AJ Stevens, and Coach Will Coggin all signed my daughter’s ball.

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One Comment
  1. Charlene permalink

    What a great experience! Thanks for the pictures!

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