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St. Mary’s Reaches Out to the Community

MORAGA, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s baseball team held its annual community service event on Sunday, October 23. The Gaels hosted 70 kids ranging from 8-13 who were members of the Lamorinda Baseball Academy for three hours of drills, tips and one on one coaching.

“It was a great day of baseball!” said junior third baseman Patrick Wisdom. “We had a lot of fun teaching and interacting with the kids. Hopefully, we can get most of the kids to be future Gaels.”

The Lamorinda Baseball Academy broke the kids up into eight teams, divided by age group. Head coach Jedd Soto, volunteer assistant Mick McCormack and director of baseball operations Bryan Byrne met with the youths first to discuss what it takes to play Division I baseball.

After the talk with the coaches, teams broke into smaller groups where they worked with the Gaels players on various drills including hitting and cage work, fielding and throwing, and base running.

“It was nice for us to reach out to the young players in this area,” said senior pitcher Mark Anderson. “It was also a good experience for our team to get to play with the younger group and get to see how much fun there is in this game. We all felt like little kids again and that’s what baseball is all about when you’re growing up.”

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