The Monroe City R-1 high school (MCHS) softball team hosted a summer softball camp May 28-30. The camp was led by Head Softball Coach Melissa Chinn. This year the three-day camp was host to 46 girls in grades fourth through ninth. Each day the girls attending worked on different tasks including hitting, bunting, fielding and game situations.
Due to wet field conditions, the camp was moved to Lankford Field two of the three days. Coach Chinn stated, “We were lucky to have one day on the dirt and everyone did so well. The next two days were spent on the football field but I think these girls are just excited to play the game and learn, they don’t care where it happens.”
At the end of camp, there was a scrimmage game held for all who attended. The group was split into two age groups, seventh through ninth and fourth through sixth. Each athlete was given at least four turns at bat and changed positions each inning, giving them all a chance to see the different positions on the field. Coach Chinn explained, “The older group hit off the tee and the younger group hit off one of the high school players.”
The Lady Panthers welcome new freshman to the high school team. Coach Chinn stated, “This group of freshman will be a great addition. I’m looking for a few of them to step up and fill in for some very big losses.” Coach Chinn spoke highly of the future of softball for MCHS, adding, “I think Monroe City has some great athletes developing especially with the dedication of each girl and the coaching they are getting on their teams.”