Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Landy Cox calls the past week an investment, laying the foundation for future Berkeley baseball teams.
If the 2013 edition of the Berkeley Stags baseball team is any indication of the fruits of their labor, this annual summer youth baseball camp is a sound investment indeed.
“You have to instill the pride and the work ethic early,” Cox said. “We have to start teaching them the Berkeley way at a young age.”
The Berkeley Way, as evidence by the slogan on the backs of campers T-shirts, is “Find a Way.”
“You find a way to win,” Cox said. “Any way you can.”
More than 65 baseball players between the age of 7 and 14 attended the weeklong camp.
While the camp included a week of playing baseball, there was also a lot of hard work involved, and who better to teach the future students of Stags baseball than current Berkeley baseball players?
These players opened up with the best start in decades, rattling off 20 straight wins to capture the school’s first region championship in 50 years.
Former Stag great and Clemson star Thomas Brittle closed out the camp with a talk about what it means to “Find a Way.”
Skills contest winners in this summer’s camp were:
• age 6 and 7
Home run: Dillon Law
Speed: Dillon Law
Long toss: Dillon Law and Tyler Umphlett
• age 8
Home run: Jackson Proctor
Speed: Brayden Lail
Long toss: Jackson Proctor and Mason Salisbury
• age 9
Home run: Austin Hewette
Speed: Carson Turner
Long toss: Rhette Legette
• age 10 and 11
Home run: Jesse Free
Speed: Bryce Taylor
Long toss: Chevy Wrenn and Gage Talbert
• age 12
Home run: Steele Judy
Speed: Colby Newton
Bunting: Mason Livingston
• age 13
Home run: C.J. Mack
Speed: Tolman Burbage
Bunting: Philip Mims
• age 14
Home run: Drew Anderson
Speed: Donald Minor
Bunting: Drew Anderson