Scott Simmons just getting started

The Clarion Ruritans recently donated funds for a portable pitcher’s mound. Teams got some practice with it on Tuesday morning. “That will help develop the baseball program a lot,” Simmons said. Here, sixth grader Mason Allen tests the mound. Photo by Kacey Ginn

Clarion’s new recreation director, Scott Simmons, arrived just in time to start working on the kids’ summer ball season. Now that the league is underway—and fall sports need to be planned for—Simmons said that so far, “It’s just been going 100 mph.”

 Simmons—not related to previous rec director Tom Simmons—was a 2003 graduate from Clarion-Goldfield. After earning his degree from Buena Vista University in 2008, he and his wife, Katie, also from Clarion, settled in Austin, Minnesota, where he was the director of a YMCA for more than nine years. With the opportunity to come back to his hometown, however, he starting working on May 7, and jumped right into the summer ball program.  

Baseball and softball—plus Ragball and Blastball for the younger kids—are seeing some changes already, with the intent to play more competitive games. While fun and sportsmanship will still be emphasized, teams will be keeping track of scores over the season.

“I think it’s important to know how to win and know how to lose. It develops those lifelong lessons,” Simmons said. “I think it helps to build a stronger person.”

 

For the full story, see the June 7 edition of the Wright County Monitor.