Guests headline PCHS softball camp

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pike County High School and head softball coach Winter Sims will host a softball camp Aug. 7 on Fields 1 and 2 of the Troy Sportsplex.

The camp will give players ages 8 to 18 the opportunity to hone their.

“Since I’ve gotten to PCHS I noticed that the only softball camps or clinics being offered are through the Troy University softball team,” Sims said. “I’ve ran several camps over the past few years, but decided to start small this year and host a one-day clinic that’s affordable for anyone that wants to attend.”

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Camp fee for each participant will be $40 and an additional $10 if they choose to participate in either of the pitching or catching sessions.

During the camp, participants will have the opportunity to participate in drills and fundamental work. From 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. participants will take part in a hitting, defense, and offensive strategy session.

If they choose the pitching and catching session, it will run from 8 until 9 p.m.

The softball camp also will feature five guests who will work and instruct all the camp participants.

McKenzie Kilpatrick is a former Auburn University catcher and was part of the team that won the 2015 Southeastern Conference championship and participated in 2015 College World Series in Oklahoma City.

All little girls that play softball dream of one day playing in the WCWS,” Sims said. “Bringing McKenzie in will give them an opportunity to meet an learn from someone who lived that dream of playing on the largest stage in this sport.”

Joining McKenzie from Auburn is Hillary Mavromat, a 2014 graduate who became an assistant coach in 2015. Laci Driggers, a former outfielder for Auburn University-Montgomery, won two consecutive NAIA national championships.

Hannahlee Harris and Kelsey Hartley are two upcoming sophomores at Faulkner University in Montgomery.

“She is one of the most savvy and aggressive base runners I’ve ever coached,” Sims said. “Stealing 60 plus bases during her senior season in high school. Hannahlee is incredibly detailed in her slap-hitting skills, so our participants that are slappers will receive quality instruction.”

Hartley played both in the infield and also pitched for Faulkner. Over her last two seasons in high school, Hartley hit a combined 36 homeruns. As a freshman she hit seven homeruns and was named to the All-Freshman Conference Team.

At the end of the one-day camp, there will be question and answer segment, giving the participants and their parents the opportunity to ask the instructors questions.

Participants who wish to participate in the pitching session must provide their own catcher.

Registration begins at 4:45 p.m. Aug. 7. Those interested in participating can contact coach Sims at or at 334-467-9985.