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Alderson Broaddus Baseball Uses Youth Clinic to Get Back to Basics

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BRIDGEPORT -

When you think of the fall season, you think of baseball. With the recent success of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the fall months have been spent by many, in front of a television watching the Buccos.

But the rest of the baseball world is off doing its own thing. This is the offseason for most. The Alderson Broaddus Battlers don't just sit around. They go to work.

"For me, I go back to the beginning. I want these kids to enjoy baseball. Too many times now, especially with youth sports, you see so many people putting so much pressure on these kids. When you talk to me, I want them to have fun," Alderson Broaddus Baseball Head Coach Luke Harrigan said.

Alderson Broaddus Baseball Head Coach Luke Harrigan organized a baseball clinic with the Bridgeport Little Leaguers for the second straight year on Wednesday night. It's something that Bridgeport Little League President Jeff Mossburg says is unique to the area.

"These guys are fantastic. The kids have a blast. They keep them moving. They teach them something. It's the second year they've done it. Coach Harrigan, his staff, and his kids have been great," Bridgeport Little League President Jeff Mossburg said.

Learning from your role models is always special. But the players say they learn from the kids.

"Baseball is always fun. But when you see these guys and they're just loving life. They're having fun out here. They're swinging at balls. They're joking with you. They don't know you and you don't know them. But they're joking with you and making fun of the game. You see the fun at that young age and you remember how much fun you had," Battlers junior outfielder Brandon Quay said.

It's become a yearly tradition under Coach Harrigan at Alderson Broaddus. One that he hopes continues to grow the game and the university.

"I do feel that Harrison County, just as much as Barbour County, we want both the counties to understand that we support the counties. Hopefully with that, they come and support Alderson Broaddus," Harrigan said.