The Elks Virgin Valley Little League (VVLL) baseball clinic was a hit for local kids and their families Monday night at the Rec. Center Old Mill baseball fields.
The league is the brainchild of Mesquite Lodge # 2811 and is well on their way of being successful if last night’s turnout was any indication.
Over 100 of Mesquite’s young athletes of all ages and gender were enthusiastic too meet four former major league baseball players.
Pleased Golf Inc., a national organization supporting youth sports activities, was the primary sponsor of the event.
After VVLL President Lou Martin thanked the league’s Board of Directors and the Elks Lodge for promoting the event, Brenda Prudham, CEO of Pleased Golf, introduced Tom Garber as Master of Ceremonies to the crowd. Garber introduced past major league baseball players, Kevin Bullard of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bobby Bradley of the Pittsburg Pirates, Brandon Holden of the Pittsburg Pirates and Trevor Consavage of the Seattle Mariners who are also competing in the Remax World Long Drivers event at the Mesquite Sports and Events Center.
The players then split up the kids into four groups for hitting, fielding, bases running and pitching venues on the fields. The group rotated the kids into different venues every fifteen minutes.
It was pretty exciting to see the youthful enthusiasm generated by all the potential baseball stars of the future.
The players signed autographs and met all the children. “The clinic had a twofold purpose, one was to provide a great experience for the children and to determine and register interested families for the league. The league will be notifying registered families by e-mail for future events or meetings," said Martin. Those families who did not attend can register by e-mailing Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org