Judging by the number of attendees and the enthusiasm of organizers, it probably is safe to say that the first-ever Dirty Diamonds Fast pitch softball was a big achievement.
The one-day camp was held on March 22 at Fightin' Maiden Field on the Jacksonville High School campus.
“I was really pleased with the number of girls that we had out this year,” Henry Canady, camp organizer, said. “We definately will be doing this again; probably next spring.”
The neat thing about the Dirty Diamond camp was that it touched on virtually every facet of the game of softball.
“I think that we took pride in delivering a complete softball camp where we worked on all phases of the game, not just two or three,” Canady said. “The camp was designed to sharpen the skills of the participants and I believe that each of them that attended improved in some way.”
Canady had a roster of qualified assistants working the camp with him, including Denise Amador, who coaches at Jacksonville Middle School and was a former NCAA, Division II All-American at Southern Arkansas University, Terrance Canady, Rodney Thacker and Jacksonville Fightin' Maiden head softball coach, Amber Danner-Kirk, just to name a few.
Campers came from not only Jacksonville, but from Alto, Frankston and New Summerfield as well.
The Dirty Diamonds are a U16-U18 travel softball team that includes several Jacksonville Fightin' Maidens: TaSheena Canady, Dashia Canady, Abby Hicks, Damonica Franklin, Hannah Holcomb, Jordane Mallard and Sydney McDaniel.
Henry Canady continued by saying that the camp would not have been possible without the backing of a handful of local businesses that stepped up to the plate and sponsored the training session.
That group of businesses includes, Austin Bank, Brookshire Brothers, Quantum Resource Management, Red X Pitching and Walmart.