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Lancers hosts clinic for PEFYA Youth

The Longwood baseball team held a free clinic for youth players from the Prince Edward Farmville Youth Association (PEFYA) Saturday at the PEFYA Field of Dreams.

Longwood sent nearly its entire roster to guide the PEFYA players, ages 6-12, through several hours of hitting, fielding and throwing instruction.

In total, more than 20 Lancers taught the fundamentals of their game to more than 40 kids from the Farmville-based youth sports organization.

“We had a great turnout of kids who love the game of baseball and were eager to learn,” said Longwood head coach Ryan Mau, now in his second year leading the Lancer program.

The baseball clinic marked the second straight service weekend for Longwood baseball, following last week’s volunteer effort at FACES Food Pantry in Farmville.

At FACES, a food agency established in 1981 that provides food and supplies to local families in need, the Lancers unloaded and organized crates of food and assembled food bags to better organize the group’s distribution efforts.

The Longwood baseball team’s service schedule precedes the start of the program’s second fall practice under Mau and his staff. Last season, the Lancers went 22-34 overall, 9-15 in the Big South and produced two All-Big South selections in league home run leader Kyri Washington and school strikeouts and saves leader Aaron Myers. Both Washington and Myers moved on to the professional ranks with Washington selected in the 23rd round by the Boston Red Sox and Myers signing a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Among Longwood’s 22 victories in Mau’s first year were signature wins over No. 23 Coastal Carolina, SEC foe Georgia and Big South rival Liberty in the conference tournament. The Lancers also defeated Liberty in the series finale during the regular season while taking best-of-three conference series from Charleston Southern, UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb.

Longwood returns six position starters, including its entire infield, from that squad along with seven pitchers who contributed more than 30.0 innings.