University of Alabama pitcher Jaclyn Traina visited Thomas County recently to provide a clinic for the Thomas County’s softball teams. Robyn Trammell, softball coach for Thomas County Schools, invited Traina, who leads camps all over the country.
Trammell said, “The school system was very fortunate to have Jackie Traina to lead a softball clinic that was specific to our team at our facilities. Jackie worked with small groups throughout the day instead of a large group for a shorter amount of time. All of our girls received one-on-one instruction in 30- and/or 60-minute intervals with Jackie. Some girls worked on just hitting or just pitching, and some worked on both. The girls were pleased that Jackie hung around to sign autographs and take individual and group pictures.”
Some of the girls commented on their experience and how it helped them.
“Jackie made it easy to learn because she went over everything step by step,” said Liberty Ashcraft, an upcoming Thomas County Central freshman. “She was patient and took extra time when working with us on an individual basis.”
Payton Burton, who will be in 11th grade at TCCHS, said that she was encouraged that Traini didn’t develop her curve ball until college.
She said, “Amazingly, the curve ball is now what Jackie Traina is known for. I realized that certain skills take time to develop. Jackie also taught us important techniques about batting, and her teaching methods were very helpful.”
Traina was named the 2014 Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year. Traina, a senior from Naples, Fla., was only the second player in Alabama history to win SEC Pitcher of the Year honor twice. Traina also won the award in 2012 as a sophomore when she led the Crimson Tide to the national championship.
“The clinic was such an awesome experience for me as a coach, for our girls and the Thomas County Central softball program,” added Trammell. “All the girls learned so much and had a great time working with one of softball’s greatest players. Jackie is an outstanding softball player and person. I’m so thankful we were able to be a part of such a unique experience.”
Trammell will be returning for her eighth year of coaching in Thomas County. She serves as the coach for two middle school teams and the high school junior varsity and varsity squads.