Jackie Ruffin-Magill to lead pitcher clinic in Lunenburg

Published 8:12 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jackie Ruffin-Magill, a former four-year starting pitcher at Division 1 University of Maryland-Baltimore County, will conduct a fastpitch softball pitcher clinic on Saturday, March 15, at the Lunenburg Dixie Girls’ softball field.

Ruffin-Magill was one of the first pitching students of Rita Lynn, owner and operator of Rita Lynn Gilman’s Softball Pitching Tools in Glen Allen.

Ruffin-Magill began pitching at age 11, and has been studying the art of fastpitch ever since.

She is fundamental-based and teaches strong mechanics of pitching.

During her time as a Division I player, she was named Big South Conference Rookie of the Year (1997) and posted a nationally ranked 1.65 ERA.

By her senior year, she led her team to its first-ever Northeast Conference Championship and first appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Ruffin-Magill completed her college career with a 1.67 ERA.

She has also pitched with and against All-Americans and Olympic softball players.

There will be two sessions that players can choose to participate in, the beginning pitching session or the intermediate pitching session.

The beginning pitching session will begin at 11 a.m. and last until 1 p.m.

The session is designed for girls who have never pitched or are still new to pitching, and will focus on the basic mechanics of pitching.

The intermediate session will last from 2-4 p.m. The session is designed for girls who have been pitching longer and have a basic understanding of pitching fundamentals.

The intermediate session will focus on speed-building for fastballs and changes of speeds.

The clinic is $35 per player, which can be paid by cash, check or credit the day of the clinic.

All participants must bring a glove, cleats, water bottle, towel and a catcher.

Space is limited; therefore, registration is required. Those interested in registering should contact Magill at (843) 906-2214 or by email at jmagill7@yahoo.com.