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Camp teaches baseball skills

Posted: January 14, 2014 - 7:32pm
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Patrick Ferguson, 15, works on his batting skills at the U.S. Baseball Academy held at Fox Creek High School on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL.
Patrick Ferguson, 15, works on his batting skills at the U.S. Baseball Academy held at Fox Creek High School on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL.

Fox Creek High School’s baseball field was a busy place Sunday as youths learned skills from volunteer coaches during week two of the local U.S. Baseball Academy camp.

The children practiced hitting, base running and defense.

For participants Brodie Chapman and Brennan Ottone, their favorite part of the baseball camp is hitting, they said.

However, the game of baseball itself is rewarding.

“You get to have fun, play and learn a lot of new stuff,” said Brodie, 8.

Brennan’s favorite part about playing is “catching pop flies in the outfield,” said the 9-year-old.

The two are among 50 youths participating in the camp, said Wesley Brown, the coach of Fox Creek High’s baseball team and the coordinator for the local camp. Fox Creek is one of three locations in South Carolina currently hosting the camp.

The camp is being held on Sundays. It began Jan. 5 and continues through Feb. 9. The camp was such a draw that all of the slots for participants, who came from as far as Irmo, S.C., and Sylvania, Ga., had been filled, said Brown.

“This camp is different from most camps,” said Brown. “It is set up for them to focus on what they want to work on, what they’re interested in.”

On Sunday, children were split into groups and took to different areas of the field. While some worked on their catching and hitting, others worked on fielding and base running.

Being a part of the camp is something Brown has enjoyed.

“I love working with kids, especially in baseball,” he said.

It’s also been a chance for the volunteers to give back through baseball, he added.

Brown hopes that participants will leave with a lasting impression about the game.

“I hope that they’ll leave hearing and learning about new things about baseball,” he said. “I also hope they will develop an appreciation for being out there on the field.”

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