Fast-Pitch Camp Draws Lady Horn Hopefuls

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Lady Longhorn Morgan O'Haver, a pitcher on the PHS team, helps a young camper perfect her throwing technique. O'Haver is working as an assistant coach at the fastpitch softball camp.

Training wraps up this Friday for the 15 girls who participated in the town-sponsored softball camp held on Lady Longhorn field.

The camp kicked off June 1 and was held each evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It was open to fledgling players who had completed third- through eighth-grade.

The camp director, Lady Longhorn coach Will Dunman, was assisted by a trio of his varsity players including Morgan O'Haver, Hillari Armenta and Sherra Johnson.

O'Haver and Armenta will return to the Longhorn team next year as battery mates. O'Haver pitches and Armenta is a catcher. Johnson, an award-winning infielder, graduated with the Class of 2004.

Also on hand as a guest instructor was former Lady Horn pitching ace Rachel Ray. After graduating from PHS in 2003, Ray earned a softball scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana State University.

During camp sessions, the instructors taught the youngsters the fundamentals of hitting, throwing, pitching, base-running and sliding. Games and contests also were included to pique the interest of the campers.

Dunman said he hopes the camp generates interest among the younger players that some of them will go on to play fast-pitch at Rim Country Middle School and at Payson High School.

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