JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — Softball lovers should color in Jan. 31 in green.
The Burnet High School softball team has three events on that day benefitting the program. All events are at the Bulldog Diamonds softball field, 1000 The Green Mile.
The first is a Future Lady Dawg Softball Clinic from 10-11:45 a.m. designed for fifth-grade students and younger. The youngsters will meet 15 high school athletes and learn fundamentals, technique and basics of the sport.
“I just think getting those varsity girls involved is a winning situation,” Lady Dawgs head coach Corey Bledsoe said. “It makes our whole community feel more involved. I think it’s good for our younger girls to work with our older girls.”
The cost is $20, and the clinic is limited to 75 players. Pre-registration is advised.
Then, a Never-Ending Game intrasquad scrimmage is noon-5 p.m. As a fundraiser, fans can sponsor a Lady Dawg by donating money to the program for each inning the athlete plays. Bledsoe said the Lady Dawgs will comb the community to ask for sponsors.
It’s also an opportunity for fans to get their first look at the 2015 Lady Dawgs. And since it’s a scrimmage, expect the athletes to play with different teammates throughout the event.
“It’s an opportunity, first and foremost, to bring the kids out and families to have a day in the park,” Bledsoe said. “It gives us an opportunity as coaches to move girls around in a relaxed atmosphere.”
Once the Lady Dawgs say they’re tired, the scrimmage will stop.
The day ends with the second annual Softball vs. Baseball Slugfest contest when the Lady Dawgs face the Bulldogs.
Just like last year, the boys will bat left-handed and the contest will feature a coach-pitch format.
“It’s a fun time,” Bledsoe said. “The guys and girls heckle each other.
Email Bledsoe at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.