FUNdamentals of Trojan Baseball

Photo by Erin Rossell Zach Serafini of the Manson Trojan Baseball team takes a moment to show a young pitching hopeful some of the footwork involved in pitching, during the Trojan Baseball clinic held on April 26.

Participants of the Trojan’s first annual baseball clinic take a knee as coaches and players discuss the events to take place at the first annual Trojan’s baseball clinic, Wednesday, April 26 at Singleton Park.

Demonstrating the proper positions for a catcher were Angel Cervantes (front), Parker Schoenwald (middle), and Bryan Bernardo (rear).

Caleb Rossell (left) and Jake Lodwig (right) show the techniques and anticipation required in fielding ground balls at Wednesday’s baseball clinic.


MANSON – Wednesday, April 26, marked the first annual baseball clinic sponsored by the Manson Trojans’ High School Baseball team. The free clinic took place at Singleton Park and was open to third through sixth grade students. The Trojans offered five skill-building stations, each focusing on the fundamentals of the game, and included throwing, batting, pitching, catching, and fielding. The youth based clinic is focused on bridging the gap in the youth through high school athletics, and is hoped to “create a continuity” between the two, according to the Trojan’s Assistant Coach Travis Schoenwald. 

The instructional stations were directed by Trojan players that perform strongly in those areas, and every participant showed an eagerness to learn from some of their local role models, which was evident in the effort they put into each drill. The young enthusiasts were divided into five groups, and rotated through each station, finally ending the day with an exciting scrimmage game.

With a turnout of 35 kids at the unprecedented fundamentals clinic, the Trojans are optimistic for the continuation of the instructional event. “I think I can speak for all the coaches,” said assistant coach Brett La Mar, “in saying that it was a raging success – it created the excitement [in the kids] we were looking for.”

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