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Baseball Clinic

Sara Coughlin,   Griffith Institute Middle Sch
Baseball Clinic
On Friday, January 13th, the Fuel Up to Play 60 Club was honored to have three professional baseball players run a “Baseball Clinic” in the middle school. About 65 students experienced professional baseball training in the areas of “Pitching,” “Hitting,” and “Fielding,” coached by Daniel Dallas, Hank Morrison, and Zach Mitchell. Daniel Dallas worked on “Pitching” with our students. Daniel is a 19 year old professional baseball player for the San Diego Padres. He grew up in Springville, New York and attended school at Springville Middle. Daniel was the original inspiration for the start of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program with the “On-Air” name of “Da, Da, Da, Dan.” His work and dedication with the Fuel Up to Play 60 still continues to this day, 7 years later. Daniel continued his education at Canisius High School and graduated last year, in 2016. During Daniel’s senior year at Canisius High School, he was drafted in the 7th round by the San Diego Padres. Over the summer, Daniel played baseball with the Peoria Padres. We were very proud to welcome back one of our former students! Hank Morrison worked on “Hitting” with our students. He is a 22 year old professional baseball player for the Minnesota Twins Organization. He grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania. Hank continued his education by attending and graduating from Mercyhurst University. There he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Business Management in 2016. After graduation, Hank was drafted in the 22nd round for the Minnesota Twins. Zach Mitchell worked on “Fielding” with our students. He graduated with Daniel from Canisius High School in 2016. He was a three year starter in center field. He had a tryout with the Minnesota Twins before the draft and got a Scholarship to play baseball at Mercyhurst University.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We are continuing with bringing a variety of guests to our middle school. We introduced our students to Zumba and karate, so far.