Suzuki clinic draws youths from throughout Maui county

FIRST PHOTO: Kurt Suzuki of the Minnesota Twins laughs after narrowly avoiding a swing by 8-year-old Jai Viela of Kahakuloa during the third annual Kurt Suzuki All Pono Baseball Clinic on Saturday at Maehara Stadium. The event drew approximately 150 youths ages 8-12. “This is awesome. It’s a great opportunity for me to come and give back to the community and the kids. This is basically where it all started – playing baseball over here,” said Suzuki, a Baldwin High School graduate and seven-year major league veteran, who signed with the Twins last month.

SECOND PHOTO: Raquel Leboeuf-Malacas, a 12-year-old from Lanai, hits off a tee.

THIRD PHOTO: Paul Dudoit-Gamit, 11, of Molokai takes part in a bunting drill next to clinic coach Thad Shishido and Blaise Beaudoin, 10, of Wailuku.