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Finch headlines KDMC softball camp Saturday

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch will be in town Saturday as she headlines the second annual KDMC All-Star Softball Camp and Skills Clinic.

Jennie Finch

Jennie Finch

Finch will also hold a special meet and greet public autograph session from 3:30-5 at KDMC Performance Center, with $10 tickets going on sale the day of the signing at 9 a.m.

“I’m excited and looking forward to Saturday,” said Finch. “This is my first one (camp/clinic) in Mississippi. It’s going to be fun.”

The camp begins at 10 for ages 10-13, at 1 p.m. Finch will hold an elite camp for ages 14 and up. The indoor/outdoor camp will be held at KDMC Performance Center. The camp fee is $110.

Finch and several college and area high school coaches will assist in the camp. It will feature one-on-one teaching for each camper by Finch as well.

“We try to cover it all, there are many ways to improve in softball – that is one of the best things about our game,” Finch said.

“For this clinic, we will for sure cover hitting, throwing, defense, pitching and the mental part of the game, which can be the most important.”

Finch, who Time Magazine recently called the most historic figure in the sport of softball will also teach campers about other areas of the game.

“I will cover the fundamentals of the game and help elevate each player’s skills and talents. Along with sharing about the many life lessons the game has taught,” added Finch. “Hopefully, it will encourage and inspire athletes regarding life on and off field!”

The camp has gained interest statewide, too. Players from as far North as Southaven and south as Biloxi have signed up. Several from Jackson, Meridian, and out of state have also signed up.

“This is like big,” said Brookhaven assistant softball coach Mandy Vinson. “I grew up watching her (Jennie Finch). She’s one of the biggest names in sports and she’s coming to Brookhaven. This is great for our area girls.”

Finch is one of the most notable female athletes in the world. She’s been on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice and has struck out not only some of the softball best, but Major League Baseball’s best, too, such as Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza, and Albert Pujols.

“Having her come here and teach our kids and coaches more about the game is priceless,” said Franklin County head softball coach Dana Smith. “It’s not everyday you get an Olympic Gold Medalist in town.”

After the camp, Finch will hold a rare public autograph session beginning at 3:30. Finch will sign one item per ticket at the event.

As softball goes, Saturday is a can’t miss in Brookhaven already.