Softball facility teaching life lessons, athleticism opens in West Wareham

By Lydia Goerner | Jul 07, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Janelle Carlson (left) has had help from many people in opening this softball facility, including her daughter Jalayla Tillery (center) and Kylie Thorpe.

Wareham’s new softball facility is in full swing this summer, offering a variety of services that will be a hit for those interested in learning the fundamentals or improving their softball game.

East Coast Pitching, located at 19 Patterson Brook Road in West Wareham, will begin its first softball camp July 24. Camps will continue throughout the summer and the facility will also offer clinics, private lessons, a batting cage, team rentals and video analysis.

Janelle Carlson is opening the facility because she saw there was no place for softball players to go year-round in Wareham. Carlson has played softball since age 8. She grew up in Wareham and is now ready to give back to the community.

“I just want to give the girls a place to go,” Carlson said. At East Coast Pitching, players are able to learn proper fundamentals and “life lessons,” Carlson said.

Carlson’s father, Buddy Carlson, was the athletic director at Wareham High School. He passed away two years ago, pushing Carlson to continue building his legacy, using everything he taught her to “give it back to the kids.” She has found the Wareham community she grew up in to be encouraging.

“In Wareham, everyone supports each other,” Carlson said. “It’s a true community.”

The new East Coast Pitching facility will serve softball players from age 5 to college-age. The building contains an indoor gym with free weights and resistance bands, an equipment and apparel shop, batting cages and a video analysis room. Video analysis allows players to break down their form and watch game footage to help them improve.

Carlson is also the coach of East Coast Lady Sting, junior Olympic-level softball teams with players from around southeastern Massachusetts. Tryouts for the team are July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Carlson is encouraging anyone interested to try out, especially younger players, for a chance to play competitively. She especially hopes to gain athletes who will work hard, have positive parents and can grow with East Coast Pitching, she said.

Though there are “never any boys” at their softball camps and clinics, Carlson said they are welcome.

“I always get pushed aside because of baseball,” Carlson said. She encourages parents to let their children try softball instead of T-Ball and said they will catch on to the sport quickly.

To enroll in a four-day summer softball camp, visit www.eastcoastpitching.com or call 774-930-5455 for more information.

Kylie Thorpe (left) and Jalayla Tillery help prepare the new softball facility on Patterson Brook Road. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Janelle Carlson is hard at work setting up batting cages for her new venture, an East Coast Pitching location in Wareham. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
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