Team USA brings softball camp to Lagoon Park

Team USA instructors Kasey Cooper of Auburn, along with former Florida stars Michelle Moultrie and Kelsey Stewart will be on hand Saturday.

Area softball players can be part of a rare treat as three members of Team USA Softball will conduct a one-day clinic at Lagoon Park Softball Complex on Saturday.

USA Softball of Alabama and the city of Montgomery are sponsoring the event, which features former Florida stars Michelle Moultrie and Kelsey Stewart and former Auburn standout Kasey Cooper instructing any interested softball players on 8-under teams through 18-under players.

“The athletes on the USA women’s national team are traveling and conducting camps to promote the sport,” said USA Softball of Alabama state commissioner Natalie Norman. “I just made the request and we were fortunate enough to get them here.”

All three players will be participating in the USA Softball Women’s National Team selection trials in January that are a precursor to selection to the 15-player roster that will compete in the Pan American Games next August in Peru. But first, they’ll stop in Montgomery to offer some instructional help to local softball players.

Moutrie, an outfielder for the Gators, was the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2012. She left Florida as the team’s career record holder in batting average (.385) and career stolen base leader, with 83 stolen bases in 99 attempts.

Stewart, a utility infielder for the Gators, was the team’s leadoff hitter on back-to-back national championship teams in 2014 and 2015 and set a school record for single-season hits (102) as a sophomore.

Cooper, an Auburn infielder who played at Dothan High, was the 2016 SEC Player of the Year and owns just about every offensive record created, including career marks in home runs (67) and RBI (270).

The camp will be divided into two sessions, an offensive session from 9 a.m. to noon and a defensive session from 2-5 p.m. Cost of the camp is $50 for both sessions.

“In those two sessions, they’ll cover everything from hitting and fielding to pitching, base running and team play and educate players on strength and conditioning,” Norman said. “It is open to anyone and everyone, but it is limited. There’s a specific ratio of camper to Team USA instructor.”

The online registration for the event has closed, but persons wishing to register can email Norman at natnorman08@gmail.com.