A good crowd turned out for the Whiteville Hitting/Pitching clinic Saturday at Legion Stadium. Temperatures in the 30s did not deter approximately two dozen 13-18 year olds from attending the morning session. The afternoon session was more comfortable, weather-wise, with more than 50, 7-12 year olds attending. The main draw, the presence of major leaguer Mike Wright, former major leaguer Donnell Nixon and San Diego Padres first-round draft pick MacKenzie Gore.
The baseball knowledge cauldron was bubbling over as legendary Dixie Youth coach Mike Mobley, Whiteville High assistant coaches Fielding Hammond and Todd Burney and former All Carolinas Conference selection at Pembroke State Keith Ransom also were on hand giving one on one instruction.
A number of techniques and drills were relayed to those in attendance. Nixon stressed, “It’s what you do off the field that keeps you on the field.” Nixon also pointed out that proper “muscle memory” must come from practice. “When Mike Wright or MacKenzie Gore is throwing a fastball, you don’t have time to focus on anything but the baseball.” Wright and Gore worked with youngsters on proper pitching mechanics and other fundamentals like covering first base.
An interview with Nixon, Wright and Gore can be found on the News Reporter Facebook page. Use the link below.
Watch the interview of 3 professional athletes who have Columbus County roots! Donell Nixon, Mike Wright and MacKenzie Gore joined Whiteville coaches this past weekend for a baseball clinic for young athletes. The clinic was a huge success with over 70 participants.
Posted by The News Reporter on Wednesday, February 7, 2018