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YMCA to host annual baseball camp

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Former Bulldogs to teach youth the basics

sd_sports@yahoo.com

SIKESTON -- Starting Monday the YMCA of Southeast Missouri will kick off its annual baseball camp lasting through Friday, July 2.

Each day former Sikeston high school players Matt Limbaugh and Eric Chappell will instruct kids age 6-12 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

"We're going to work on all the basic fundamentals of baseball," said Limbaugh, who also coaches Scott County Central's high school baseball program.

"It's a good opportunity for the kids to really get some one-on-one time with two young guys that love the game and want to make the Sikeston community a better program."

Attendees will get to field, hit and run the bases while learning anything else they may want to know.

"With the younger ones we will go over pretty much just the basics, but the ones who are getting in to the National League and the American Leagues of the Sikeston Area baseball program we'll do kind of situation stuff," he said. Like on a 2-0 pitch what are you looking for. That's an example where you're looking for something to drive and if not layoff(the pitch).

"Just basic stuff like that that the kids might not know automatically just from watching the game."

Cost for the camp will be $30 for members of the YMCA and $45 for non-members with the program meeting on the Junior Babe Ruth baseball field at the SAYB complex.

Limbaugh added that while the main goal is learn, he also want the kids to have a good time.

"Hopefully it's a thing were everyday they wake up they're excited to come to the next day of camp," he said. "It doesn't have to be something the parents force them to do.

"That's our main goal to have the kids want to come, not just come because their parents are paying for it."