By MIKE SMITH
On Jan. 14, some of the Harrison softball program’s brightest stars hosted a softball clinic for the town’s aspiring Huskies, providing Harrison’s youth softball players with a chance to hone their skills with some of the best players to ever come out of the town.
More than 75 girls ranging from kindergarten to seventh grade participated in the camp, held in the Harrison High School gymnasium. According to varsity coach Dean Marino, the numbers were a far cry from what he expected to see.
“When we started this, I thought we’d have maybe 30 girls show up,” Marino said. “But this was a great turnout for us.”
Though Marino and assistant coach Nat Acuti were on hand to supervise the proceedings, the clinic was entirely run by Harrison softballers—past and present—looking to make a connection with the younger generation of diamond stars. Current varsity players teamed up with some of the most decorated alumni in the program’s history, including Jenna Webb and Ashley Marino, to provide top-level instruction.
“This wasn’t just average players,” Marino said. “We told the girls that we had three of the best players to ever come out of Harrison there to coach.”
According to Marino, one of the highlights of the day was the chance to see some of his former charges impart the same softball wisdom he has preached for his 14 years at the helm of the Harrison program.
“It was great just seeing the way they were with the girls,” Marino said. “Nat and I just made sure of the times, but really, we sat back and let the girls run the clinic.”
In addition to the clinic, the campers were treated to a PowerPoint presentation from Harrison senior Kendra Deschamps.
Deschamps set the tone for the day by takingt he clinic-goers through a virtual tour of Harrison’s recent softball history, from playoff appearances and college-bound players to the team’s annual trips to Walt Disney World for some preseason competition.