Baseball Clinics On Tap
Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, February 14, 2002
Hudson Valley Community College will host of pair of
upcoming baseball clinics – a two-session pitching clinic on Sunday, Feb. 24 and
a hitting clinic on Sunday, March 3. Both clinics will take place in the
gymnasium at Hudson Valley's McDonough Complex.
The pitching clinic – there will be two sessions,
one from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and one from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – is being
coordinated by Eric Sparks, an assistant baseball coach at Hudson Valley. Sparks
who pitched at Hudson Valley and SUNY Cortland before spending three years in
the Montreal Expos' minor-league system, will conduct both sessions. He will
focus on mechanics and velocity. Participants will be videotaped and they will
leave with their videotapes. The cost is $15.
Mickey Brantley will conduct the hitting clinic from
6 to 9 p.m. A Catskill native who serves as coordinator of minor-league hitting
instruction for the New York Mets, Brantley played for the Seattle Mariners from
1986 to 1989, hitting .259 with 32 home runs and 125 RBI. The cost to
participate in the hitting clinic is $40 per person, and each participant will
receive a T-shirt.
Participation is limited for both clinics. All
interested parties should contact Hudson Valley baseball coach Tom Reinisch at
(518) 274-3768 or Scott Mastroianni at (518) 382-3109.
In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic
teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the
NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series
and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team
earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop
squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings
earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III
performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.