Hiding among the fields of the Morgan Sports Complex, the Destin Riptide softball team led a training clinic for girls 8-13 years of age recently.

When coaches Jade Cunningham, Dave Larumbe and Jess Detrick realized that girls participating in softball programs in and around Destin came straight from being pitched to by a machine rather than a coach or another player, they decided that the city needed something a little extra to help build the skills the young softball players of Destin lacked. From this idea, “Tide Training” was created.

“We are working on a lot of basic stuff and building self-esteem on the way,” said Cunningham.

With nothing else like it in the area, this non-profit organization builds athletes from a young age, according to Detrick.

Ten-year-old Ella David said she enjoyed the program because “you get to hit the ball and throw to the bases as hard as you can.”

“It’s just more time to play softball,” nine-year-old McKenzi “MJ” Toth said.

For more information about the Destin Riptide softball team, visit their Facebook page here.