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Patriots host baseball and softball camp

The Pike Liberal Arts School will host a softball and baseball camp beginning June 10 at both the baseball and softball fields.

The camp will run for three days and conclude on June 12.

Campers will be able to get instruction from Patriot coaches and even some of the players during the three-day camp.

It is the third year of the camp and it is an event that has continued to grow with each passing year.

“It’s a great opportunity for kids that don’t go to Pike Liberal Arts to see our facilities and meet some of the coaches and players,” said head baseball coach Allen Ponder. “I think it does a lot for the program and the school in general.”

“We are going to have a great time,” said softball coach Robert Rollan. “We had 12 girls last time and we had a good time not only teaching them fundamentals and the game, but also playing the game.”

The camp will give the youth of Pike County the ability to learn the game of softball and the key fundamentals that go along with it.

The camp will be offered to kids in kindergarten all the way up to sixth grade.

“We are going to teach the basic fundamentals,” Ponder said. “We are going to keep it fun at the same time. We are going to do drills that we actually practice and then we will end each day with a game.”

The Lady Patriots are hoping to spark an interest and continue to spread the love for the game of softball.

“I think the more interest that you can create helps your numbers and helps your program,” Rollan said. “It helps out the community and I think it helps everybody out.”

After spending a lot of time taking instruction throughout the season, the Patriot players will have an opportunity to do some of the teaching.

“We should have a good mix of Junior varsity and varsity players out there helping us,” Ponder said. “I think they really enjoy it. They are used to being the ones that are being taught, for them to be able to do a little teaching is very satisfying.  I think it’s a great opportunity for our kids.”

“They really enjoy it, being out there with the younger girls and teaching them,” Rollan said. “They realize that’s the future and they are invested.”

The camp will run from 10:00 a.m. until noon. The price will be $40 per child. For more information on the baseball camp, visit the team’s Facebook page.