On Saturday, June 23, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. the Orioles will partner with The Y of Central Maryland, Baltimore Area Travel Softball (BATS), and the Coppin State University women’s softball team to conduct their inaugural youth softball clinic at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Family Center Y on the Ripken Youth Development field, located on the same site where Memorial Stadium once stood.
The participants will consist of 100 girls from BATS and the Y of Central Maryland. BATS is a new league in inner city Baltimore focused on providing girls ages 12-16 the opportunity to play the game while preparing for high school. The youth will be instructed on the fundamentals of softball by Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and his fiancÃ©e, Adrienne Acton, a four-year starter and two-time NCAA softball champion at the University of Arizona. The girls will also receive one-on-one instruction from the coaches of Coppin State University’s Division 1 softball team and members of the Oriole Wives.