A batter steps up to the plate for batting practice at the Lamar University Baseball summer camp held June 26-29 at Vincent Beck Stadium.

A batter steps up to the plate for batting practice at the Lamar University Baseball summer camp held June 26-29 at Vincent Beck Stadium.

The Lamar University baseball team hosted two youth camps at Vincent Beck Stadium between June 19-June 22 and June 26- June 29 for players 6 to 12-years-old.

Each four-day camp focused on improving young players’ fundamental baseball skills and was led by the Cardinals baseball coaching staff with assistance from area high school coaches.

“It gives the kids an opportunity to have a great experience in the summer, interact with our coaches and players, and learn some baseball skills along the way,” Lamar Head Coach Will Davis said. “Hopefully, the kids can pick up some things that can help them.”

Davis went on to say that getting additional time on the diamond is helpful to a player’s development at any level.

“Anytime you’re playing is an opportunity to increase your skill level,” he said. “When you’re on the field around people that have a higher skill level than you have, they can offer something from a learning standpoint.”

Although Lamar has been hosting baseball camps for many years, this is Davis’ first time as a head coach to host a camp, and said he was impressed with the turnout.

“We had a camp earlier in June, as well as this week,” he said. “We’ve had roughly 150 kids total.”

In addition to being an opportunity to teach younger players about the game, Davis said the value of a camp to favors both the youth who participate and the Lamar baseball program.

“It’s a great opportunity for the kids to interact with our players,” he said. “Hopefully Lamar becomes their favorite team. At the same time, we get to grow our fan base.”

The responsibility of giving back to the community is something that is not lost on the Cardinal players.

“It’s a great feeling, being able to come back,” Bridge City sophomore Tod McDowell said. “To look at these kids, I see myself in them. It feels good to be able to give back to the community and help these kids out.”

In addition to youth camps, Cardinal baseball is also hosting showcase camps this year for high school players.

“We had one earlier in June and we’ll have another one in August,” Davis said. “It’s a chance for the high school players to showcase their skills and, hopefully, get a chance to play for us one day.”

For more information, visit www.lamaruniversitybaseballcamps.com

Story package by UP staffer Bill Warrington

 

  • A hitter swings and misses at a pitch during a scrimmage game at the Lamar University Baseball Summer Camp held June 26-29 at Vincent Beck Stadium.
  • Tod McDowell, Bridge City sophmore, directs pitching drills at the Lamar University Baseball Summer Camp held June 26-29 at Vincent Beck Stadium.
  • Players get ready to take the field at the Lamar University Baseball Summer Camp held June 26-29 at Vincent Beck Stadium.
  • Nederland High School head coach Bryan Spell reviews strategy before a scrimmage game at the Lamar University Baseball Summer Camp held June 26-29 at Vincent Beck Stadium.
  • Players work fielding drills at the Lamar Universiity Baseball Summer Camp held June 26-29 at Vincent Beck Stadium.
  • A runner advances during a scrimmage game at the Lamar Universiity Baseball Summer Camp held June 26-29 at Vincent Beck Stadium.
  • A hitter awaits his turn in the batters box at the Lamar Universiity Baseball Summer Camp held June 26-29 at Vincent Beck Stadium.

 

 

 

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