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Open House: Gig Harbor Baseball and Softball Academy to Celebrate Its Grand Re-Opening

The open house on Sunday, April 29, will include refreshments, door prizes, and a day full of baseball clinics for community youth.

After seven years at the North Harbor Business Park, Gig Harbor Baseball and Softball Academy (GHBSA) recently moved up the street to the Burnham Drive Commercial Park located at 10421 Burnham Drive, Building #1.

To celebrate, the Academy is hosting an open house on Sunday, April 29, and is inviting the entire community to take a personal look at the new, larger space.

The open house will feature refreshments, cake, and door prizes, but the primary focus will be a full day of baseball clinics run by members of the Narrows Baseball Club—a non-profit, select baseball organization based in Gig Harbor.

There will be a total of five clinics offered, and participants will be asked for a donation of $10 per clinic. All proceeds from the boys’ clinics will benefit the Narrows Baseball Club program, while the girls’ clinic will benefit the Lady Narrows program.

Clinics Offered:

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.:   Basic Baseball Skills (for boys ages 8-12)

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.:      Pitching (for boys ages 8-12)

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.:   Basic Baseball Skills (for boys ages 8-12)

2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.:          Girls Softball Skills (for girls ages 8-12)

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.:     Basic Baseball Skills (for boys ages 8-12)

5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.:          Intermediate/Advanced Baseball (for boys 13 & up)

While the clinics are a primary focus, owner Jon Fuller says the open house is an opportunity for anyone interested in seeing what the facility has to offer close-up.

“The Academy is a place where athletes can find dedicated instructors who can help them enhance their skills,” Fuller said. “Everyone is welcome.”

The pitching clinic will be led by Erich Holsten, lead pitching instructor for the Academy, and softball will be led by Kara Dressel, coach of the Lady Narrows team and assistant head coach at University of Puget Sound. Most of the clinics will be open to 15 participants, but pitching will be open to 20 participants. Interested youth are encouraged to visit the facility and sign up in advance.

Gig Harbor Baseball and Softball Academy attracts baseball and softball players ages 8 and up from all over the South Puget Sound and Kitsap Peninsula in search of improving their game. In addition to private lessons in hitting, pitching, fielding, and catching, they also offer group lessons, unlimited hitting memberships, team practice rentals, and speed and agility classes for all sports.

“All of our instructors and experienced professionals who share the same approach,” Fuller said. “They dedicate themselves to bringing out a player’s best abilities to help them achieve their full potential—from eight year olds in their first year of baseball, to seasoned high school players who are serious college scholarship contenders.”

Fuller says simply, “To be a good coach, it’s important to be able to establish a relationship with each player, and to be able to teach them and have good communication with them. There’s so much you can do when you get to work one on one with them.”

For more information, contact Jon Fuller, at 253-514-9196 or ghbsa@aol.com

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