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April 19, 2013

A Taste of College Ball

Pentucket hosts UMass Lowell coach for clinic

GROVELAND — Pentucket softball coach Danielle Mason likes to keep things simple for her players.

“Every time you throw a ball, every time you catch a ball, it has a purpose,” said Mason.

Mason should know what she is talking about. While in her third year as the Sachems head coach, Mason is also in her fourth year as pitching coach for the UMass Lowell River Hawks. It is a relationship of which Pentucket was able to take advantage yesterday morning when River Hawks head coach Sean Cotter came by to put on a clinic.

“We have a team that has a lot of talent and a lot of potential,” said Mason. “So I thought it would be a good time to have (Cotter) come down a little bit earlier in the season, just to touch base with the girls and emphasize that the process is just as important if not more important than the product.”

Sessions with Cotter have become an annual event for the Sachems since Mason arrived. Pentucket’s relationship with the River Hawks is also evidenced when the Sachems attend UMass Lowell home games. Sachems senior captain and third baseman Megan Haley says that she can see the benefits of such a close relationship .

“I think it’s awesome for our program,” said Haley. “Because a lot of other teams don’t get to experience college play, and for those who are looking to play in college, it’s a great way to get used to what they will be looking forward to.”

Currently sitting on a 0-3 record early in the season, Mason wanted to focus on the fundamentals.

“As a young team, I think it is really easy to get down quickly,” said Mason. “But I think we’re doing a lot of good process building. Both for this year in the future as well.”

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