MCC, MHS to teach baseball

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
June 4, 2004
Young baseball players from around the area will have a chance to sharpen their baseball skills next week with a choice of two camps in Meridian.
Meridian Community College will host the Rush/Eagles Baseball Camp starting Monday. The camp will be held at Scaggs Field from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day and will end on Friday.
Meridian High School will hold a baseball camp at Q.V. Sykes Park on Monday-Thursday. The Wildcats camp is open to players from nine-14 years old and runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day.
MCC assistant baseball coach Chad Caillet, who helped the Eagles to a 46-14 record and an appearance in the Junior College World Series, is organizing the Rush/Eagles camp. East Mississippi Community College head baseball coach Bill Baldner, who guided the Lions to an appearance in the 2004 Region XXIII baseball tournament, high school coaches from around the area and players from MCC and EMCC will instruct players at the camp.
The week-long baseball tutorial is open to players five-14 years old, and it costs $130. Campers will receive a free T-shirt.
The Meridian High camp will be run by the Wildcats' coaching staff and players. Wildcats head coach Vince McLemore, who led his team to a fourth straight appearance in the Class 5A baseball playoffs, is organizing the Meridian High camp.
The cost for the Wildcats camp is $45 per player, and registration for the four-day baseball clinic will open at 9 a.m. Monday, the first day of the camp.
At MCC's camp, players will be divided by age groups, and they will work with instructors at different stations to work on the fundamentals of the game.
The young ball players will work on fielding, throwing, running bases, hitting, sliding and other aspects of the game throughout the week.
While Wednesday's sliding practice is a highlight for the campers, Caillet said a lot of focus will be put on hitting.
Meridian High concludes its camp on Thursday with scrimmage games played between the camp participants. The campers will show off what they learned from the Wildcats instructors all day on Thursday.

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