2009-07-31 / Sports

Sorrentino Offers Baseball, Soccer Clinics For Youngsters

By Miriam Rosenberg

Teammates guard first and second base with a man on second. Teammates guard first and second base with a man on second. With no little league program for the kids of Sorrentino Recreation Center for the second straight year, Sorrentino is, instead, hosting baseball clinics for Rockaway's youth this summer.

"A lot of [the kids] don't go on vacation," said Ray Desmarets, who runs the baseball and soccer programs at Sorrentino. "I want them to have fun for the summer and have something to do."

Desmarets teaches baseball techniques on Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at Sorrentino. On Saturdays the youngsters take the field at O'Donohue Park on Beach 17 Street, for two hours of baseball - from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - followed by two hours of soccer - from 1 to 3 p.m. The last clinic is scheduled for August 22.

A player receives pointers on his stance from Coach Ray Desmarets. A player receives pointers on his stance from Coach Ray Desmarets. Players from the red team wait for their turn at bat. Players from the red team wait for their turn at bat. Players warm up prior to last Saturday's game. This is the second straight year Sorrentino has been without a little league due, in part, to a lack of funding. Players warm up prior to last Saturday's game. This is the second straight year Sorrentino has been without a little league due, in part, to a lack of funding. Boys and girls are welcome. Boys and girls are welcome.

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