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Viking Baseball Camp’s middle school group: Pictured on front row from left are Jackson Russ,
Noah Rosato, James Russ and Carson Farthing. Pictured on back row from left are Phillip
Greene, Lane Johnson, River Willis, Josh Cook, Jordan Lecka, James Eury and Samuel Phillips.
Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-08-14 15:51:20
Last modified: 2013-08-14 15:52:04

Viking Baseball Camp promotes diamond abilities, love for game

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Avery Vikings baseball, in conjunction with Avery Parks and Recreation Department, held its annual baseball camp for local youngsters looking to further develop their skills and learn “tricks of the trade” regarding America’s national pastime. 

AHS baseball head coach Samuel Phillips, with assistance from brother Seth, Avery Middle School head coach Phillip Greene and AHS baseball players Zack Guy and Jeremiah Vance, worked with 18 total students ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade, helping players to learn fundamentals of the game and more in-depth skills to improve the players’ overall game.

“This group of kids has been a blast all week. We’ve been able to do games with this age group to keep things fun,” Phillips said. “We’ve played games like throwing a ball into a bucket to work on accuracy, teaching some pitching fundamentals and doing things that aren’t too far in-depth, but still challenging the players at a young age. It’s amazing sometimes when you challenge kids with small obstacles how they will respond. This group responded all week. The kids helped each other.

“There are some habits that you see developing with the older kids, and we’ve been able to go more in-depth with them, working on transitions in double plays, hand positioning and swinging in the cage, working on keeping the bat in the strike zone for a longer period of time, making it easier to drive the ball the other way. We’ve been a bit nitpicky with them, because they’ll be Vikings soon, and it’s better to teach them now than when they come to the high school and have to work on the problem areas.”

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