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YMCA, Generals teach children the fundamentals of baseball

By MATTHEW BUSCH
July 14, 2014 at 2:14 a.m.

Trey Vargas, 3, with the YMCA Cardinals team, throws the ball back for a drill during the free clinic held by the Victoria Generals at Riverside Stadium on Monday.

Victoria's YMCA and the Victoria Generals teamed up Monday afternoon at Riverside Stadium to host a T-ball and ragball clinic with the help of Generals players.

About 65 T-ball and ragball players from YMCA teams took advantage of the chance to improve on their fundamentals.

Parents, coaches and players all pitched in to help the future baseball and softball players improve on their basics.

"At this age, it's 100 percent fundamentals," Michael Salazar, coach of the YMCA's Houston Astros team, said when he wasn't helping the players with their batting stance or throwing motions.

Keith Funk, a Generals' catcher, enjoyed the opportunity to pass on some of his knowledge to the next generation of players.

"I remember when I was that young; no one taught me how to throw," he said. "Those basic fundamentals will take you a long way."

After an hour of throwing, catching, hitting and running around the field, 5-year-old Aaliyah Verde put down the baseball and started to walk away with her parents.

When asked which position was her favorite, she said simply, "This one," referring to all she had done that day, proving perhaps that a love of the game starts early.

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