GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) The beautiful spring weather has ball players excited to hit the diamond. Even in the middle of their season, CMU softball took the time to have fun and teach youth seven through seventeen years old at their annual spring training camp.
"I came out here to maybe learn some new skills and just have fun," said Lily Desserich. "I came last year and really enjoyed it."
"The girls just love coming out and spending time with them and just seeing that love of the game and being able to be a part of it," CMU head coach Erik Kozel said.
"We're just trying to give back to the community," said Paige Adair, sophomore pitcher with the Mavericks. "That's what we are kind of big about here at CMU. It's nice to step away from our game a little bit and give back. Softball's fun so that's what it's all about."
"It's very awesome to get to meet new people from different places," said Desserich. "There's a little girl from Las Vegas. I'm really excited to see what she can do. I want to play with CMU and being a catcher, it's going to be awesome."
"I love seeing the kids come out and they just love the game," Kozel said. "They just want to come out and have fun. It kind of takes you back to why you started in the first place."
"Kozel said take a mental break," said Adair. "We're here giving back so that's what it's all about."
"Whenever I take it back to the basics with the little ones, I'm like, okay this is what we have got to do," Adair said. "When I'm struggling, I'm just like, what would little me do?"
"I'm learning a lot more than I usually am," said Desserich.
"We do things so much and over and over again, it's really repetitive," said Adair. "To re-teach it, it opens our eyes too. Going back to the basics and watching these guys have fun with the game, it kind of like comes full circle for you."