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Coach Brewer and staff stress fundamentals

Last updated: June 17. 2014 2:02PM - 295 Views
By MARK CARPENTER mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com



Manchester head baseball coach Kyle Brewer throws a little “in the cage” batting practice to right-handed swinging Luke Applegate as part of the 2014 Greyhounds Baseball Camp.
Manchester head baseball coach Kyle Brewer throws a little “in the cage” batting practice to right-handed swinging Luke Applegate as part of the 2014 Greyhounds Baseball Camp.
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Building off the momentum of his high school team’s sectional championship and trip to the district tournament this spring, Manchester High School head baseball coach Kyle Brewer launched the inaugural Greyhound Baseball camp earlier this month. The camp ran for four days June 2-5), the first two outside on the Greyhound diamond, with the final two being forced into the elementary gymnasium because of of some rough and stormy weather outside.


“Being the first year that we put our baseball camp on, it was a great experience and opportunity for our young baseball players to see and participate in some of the drills that our high school players do on a daily basis,” said Brewer. “Our coaching staff really wanted to push fundamental baseball on the campers this week so that they had drills that they could take with them to work on their craft.”


The camp was for players entering grades 1-6 this fall and a total of 19 young men took advantage of the opportunity to get four days of work on improving their own baseball skills. Two sessions were held each day, with grades 1-3 coming in the mornings and grades 4-6 in the afternoons.


“This was a great opportunity to get the young players of our baseball family involved with, and in the mindset of what it takes to play championship baseball,” added Brewer. “Having our high school players involved in the camp was just an added bonus. It was great to watch some of our young high school players working with, and explaining why we do certain things in specific drills.”


“At the end of the week, we certainly felt as a coaching staff that all involved with the camp had a great time and learned some new things about baseball as well.”


The young men who attended the inaugural Greyhound Baseball Camp were: Aaron Lucas, Gage Kinhalt, Braxton Richmond, Daulton McDonald, Braydon Young, Brennan Allen, Rylan Bailey, Denton White, Logan Bell, Jackson Poole, Ryland Wikoff, Korey Gray, Reese Brown, Zayden Longfellow, Elijah Crabtree, Braydon Bradford, Josiah Kennedy, Luke Applegate, and Paden Kennedy.


“We hope as a staff that this is the beginning of a tradition that we do every summer for our youth baseball players,” says Coach Brewer. This is just another step in the process to make sure that every year our baseball program at the high school level reloads, instead of rebuilds.”


Mark Carpenter can be reached at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.


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