The 15th Berkeley High School baseball camp goes down in the books as the best the Stags have ever had, longtime BHS coach Landy Cox said.
Right at 100 players participated in the four-day camp from June 15-19.
Cox, Berkeley assistant coach Owen Brittle and 11 Stags players ran the event. With the Stags coming off a region championship season in the spring, the energy level was high as a focused group of campers absorbed the instruction and pep talks.
“We had ball players that were there to learn and get better,” Cox said. “We didn’t have to do a lot of correcting kids on behavior. Our guys that worked the camp this year did a great job with it.”
Many of the campers were repeat participants and had already been educated on The Berkeley Way, the Stags’ blueprint for winning baseball. But Cox emphasized it when he got the whole group together each day.
“The first things we talked about were the little things, how important those are: like cleaning the dugout and hustling on and off the field,” Cox said. “We talked about finding a way. You’ve always got to try to find way, whether it’s baseball or real life. We talked about respect, respecting your parents and those people that get you to practice and games. We talked about respecting the game. You may be even with somebody in talent but because you hustle and do things the right way, that can be the difference in making the all-star team and not making the all-star team.”
This past season, Berkeley finished 20-7 and won the Region 7-AAAAA crown. Cox was the region’s coach of the year while Stags junior pitcher/infielder Jeffrey Zeigler was player of the year.
It was Cox’s 15th season with the Stags. He has 267 career wins and the Stags have five region crowns since 2013. They’ve won four postseason district titles since 2012.