'MAKE IT FUN': Coaches simplify baseball four campers

connor and kristian baseball buds

Connor Wilber gets a hold of a pitch on Tuesday during the Crestview Bulldog Baseball Camp. Kristian Spellings works on his swing.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 04:55 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Baseball’s future in Crestview is in good shape if attendance at this week’s Crestview Bulldog Baseball Camp indicates things to come.

Close to 60 baseball prospects ages 4-13 attended the camp and were coached by 40 Crestview High School varsity and junior varsity players.

The camp follows a time-honored pattern of teaching hitting, throwing and fielding, with the high school players giving campers some valuable one-on-one instruction.

“We try to do a lot of the fundamentals,” Bulldog Coach Tim Gillis said. “We try to do a lot of reps with the throwing portion of it and also hitting.

“And then we get to play games every day. That’s the fun part too. Hopefully we can introduce them to the fundamentals they can take with them and use.”

Gillis believes teaching baseball to the younger group gives the Bulldog players a better grasp on the things.

“I think it helps them just reaffirm some of what we do,” he said. “And then they get to hear it again and it breaks it down little bit more simple.

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