Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2001

Hitting and running with the big boys

June 14, 2001

Aspiring Eudora baseball and softball players have received some instruction this week during the Hit and Run Cardinal Baseball Camp led by EHS baseball coach John Dunaway.

The camp, which concludes Friday, is divided up into three groups, grades 1-3 in the mornings, grades 4-6 in the early afternoon and grades 7-8 in the mid-afternoon.

Dunaway, who has organized camps for about 10 years, brings an instructional camp to Eudora for the first time. He said a few more than 30 players were registered in the camp.

"The kids have been really enthusiastic," Dunaway said after working with the youngest campers. "They've been a fun group."

The camp is broken up into stations with small groups rotating through them. Each day focuses on a different aspect of the game. Monday's theme was hitting with five eyes, which dealt with the basic techniques of batting. Individual positions, fielding, running and pitching are also covered in the camp.

"Everyone will pitch," Dunaway said. "It's the heart of a successful team."

The camp also includes some softball players. Although pitching is different in softball, the players cover all other aspects of the game.

"A few things are different in softball, but at this age, the basics are similar, so it's safe."

Two Eudora High School players were in different positions, instructing other players. Incoming sophomores Troy Van Horn and Heath Fanning helped with the camp as well. The two enjoyed the change of pace, but thought coaching would be something they might do sometime down the road.

"It would be nice to make it as far as I could as a player," Fanning said. "I wouldn't mind coaching after that."

Van Horn said the camp wasn't just helpful for the campers.

"I learned a lot of things," the EHS catcher said. "You're teaching yourself at the same time."

The camp put Fanning and Van Horn in their coach's shoes and gave them a slightly different perspective on baseball.

"Now we know what our coaches go through," said Flemming, a pitcher and third baseman at EHS. "It's hard to get them to listen sometimes."

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