By R. Alan Richardson
The Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department summer youth camps are in full swing with record numbers showing up this week for softball and baseball instruction. 170-180 youngsters from ages 5-13 came out to enjoy the beautiful, but extremely hot, weather. The two camps were run simultaneously at the local fields at Bill Wood Park as kids flocked in from Madison and surrounding communities. According to some of the coaches, the big crowds might be attributed to the fact that many of the players involved haven’t had as many opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoor and team activities they have grown accustomed to this time of year. Some jokingly thought it might be the parents needing the break.
Coaches from Morgan County High School are running the softball camp led by Head Coach Jason McBay. His assistant coaches, along with former and current Lady Bulldog players, are giving the budding stars four days of instruction on the fundamentals, rules instruction, and individual and team play. For kids this age, it’s mainly about having F-U-N, according to McBay.
Coach Cody Walker, a former player at Eastside High School and first-year baseball and football coach at Putnam County Middle School, heads up the baseball camp. The first-time baseball camp director told us his focus would be on introducing the players to the fundamentals of the game and instilling an interest in baseball. His staff is comprised of both former high school and college baseball players that includes Matthew Lawson, Peyton Pallay, Cole Hamilton, and Dominic Arienzo.
Station work on hitting, throwing, running, and other fundamentals will be used daily along with relay races, pickle ball games, and intersquad games to further enhance the instruction from the coaches.
Walker and McBay wanted to thank the Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department for all their support, help, and
facilities while running this week’s camps.