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PRCC Wildcats host Junior High Baseball Camp

Pearl River Community College will host a Junior High baseball camp this month led by the Wildcats coaching staff and players.

The camp will be held every Tuesday night through the month of September starting this Tuesday, September 5. Each session will start at 6 pm and will last one and a half to two hours at the Wildcats’ field.

The first night of camp will include a “pro style showcase” to evaluate the players. Following the evaluation the camp will be mostly instructional, giving campers one on one time with coaches and players to work on improving all skills needed in the game of baseball; offense, defense, base running, pitching and catching, as well as some speed and agility training.

“Each day they come out here we will basically just run them through a practice just like if they were one of our guys. So they’ll get a chance to be Wildcats before they are Wildcats,” Camp Coordinator Coach Rhyne Hughes said. “We’re going to treat them as if they were one of our players right now, which I think is good because not only do they get a chance to see how we do things at the college level but they’ll get to see somethings they may benefit them for the next three or four years. “

The cost of the camp $175, which covers all four sessions and includes a camp t-shirt. Campers will need to bring cleats, tennis shoes, gloves, bats, helmets, and sleeves if needed, water will be provided.

Registration is going on now online (at however walk up registration will be held as well on September 5, starting at 5:30. The camp is open to all players grades 6th through 9th grade, but will be limited to the first 40 applicants.

“We think that 40 gives us enough man power out there to make sure everyone gets a lot of attention and no one is left out,” Hughes explained. “That’s the biggest thing for me, I want to make sure when a parent is watching their kid doing work they see that they are getting something out of it all the time. That’s a big deal to me.”

This is the second year the team will host a camp specifically for this age bracket and according to Hughes the camp provides something for an age group that may otherwise be left out.

“Having a junior high camp I think is really good just because not a lot of people have that around here, they have the high school camps and the little kid camps but this is something in between for those guys who kinda fall through the cracks,” Hughes said. “Last year ended up being a really good thing for us. We had a lot of positive feedback from the parents and hopefully it’ll have a good turn out again tonight.“


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