From fielding to batting and everything in between, youth have the chance to polish up on their baseball skills and learn new ones at the South Walton Hawks Baseball Camp at South Walton High School throughout the month of June.
“We’ve had awesome attendance, up to 50 campers have attended the first couple of weeks,” said South Walton High baseball coach Nick Borthwick, who is heading up the camp for 6- to 13-year olds.
“We have enjoyed working with them on their fundamentals,” he said at camp Monday morning.
The camp is $100 per week or $30 a day, Monday through Thursday from 9-11 a.m.
Borthwick, along with Logan Pierce, a former baseball player at Troy University, and Chris McIlwain, who played at Shelton State and the University of Alabama, have been teaching the campers the basics.
“Footwork, speed and agility is something we do every day,” Borthwick said.
They teach the campers base running, defense fundamentals, glove work on the infield and outfield as well as communication drills and hitting fundamentals.
“We’ve just had an overall great experience with these guys teaching them the same thing we teach our high school guys,” Borthwick said.
Although rain has played a factor on some of the camp days, they had a little sliding practice. Coach said they even had a little fun with a slip and slide.
“We have some fun competitions and teach through competitions as well,” he said.
The camp is for all who want to learn the game of baseball.
“It’s not just for our travel ball guys, our rec ball guys are welcomed,” he said.
“What we want to teach is fundamentals and terminology of how we do things here at the high school. Hopefully, it will stick with them and carry over as they continue to play and foster a love of the game,” Borthwick said.