Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Summer means long hot days, no school and baseball camps.
Moncks Corner Park and Recreation hosted its annual baseball camp for young scholars of the game, dodging the rain as much as baseballs over the week of instruction.
“It’s great to see all these kids out here and the coaches that have come to give something back,” said Park and Rec Director Ralph Jones.
Jones said 25 baseball players ranging from ages 7-12 took part in a week of instruction and scrimmages with the help of Charleston Southern baseball coach Stuart Lake. “We’re out here to learn a few things about playing baseball,” he said. “But we’re also out here to have a good time.”
Lake told the players baseball is about repetition and preparation.
“Whether you hit from the left side or the right side, you have to spend the same amount of time on each side,” he said. “If you take 200 cuts from the left side and you want to switch hit, you must take the same amount from the right side.”
Lake ran his ballplayers through various hitting, base running, sliding, fielding and throwing drills during the week long camp. “These camps help players develop basic fundamental skills that they can take and work on throughout the summer,” Lake said.
The players also got something of a surprise from Clemson Tiger centerfielder Thomas Brittle. Brittle cut his teeth playing in Moncks Corner’s Park and Recreation leagues and roamed the outfield for the Berkeley Stags before moving on to the College of Charleston and then on to Clemson to star for the Tigers.
“I remember when I sat right where you guys are and listened to the coaches talking about what baseball is all about,” he told the youngsters.
Brittle’s career with the Tigers came to an end this spring and now awaits the call on potentially taking the next step in his baseball career. “I don’t care how I get there as long as I get a chance to play,” he said.