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Fun times at annual Drifter Baseball Camp

The 17th Annual Drifter Baseball Camp was a huge success at Monroe Park last week, with 77 campers enjoying the grand ole game.  It was a smash hit as the youngsters’ enthusiasm rang out each day with a full week of fun on the fields.

Up and coming Drifter ball players were treated to a week of fun, games, trophies, camp T-shirts, evaluation cards, daily contests and solid fundamentals of America’s pastime.  Five different fields were used at spacious Monroe Park to keep four T-ball/Minor League teams and six Little League/Senior League teams

rolling each day. 

Campers rotated through 12 stations daily during the week.  Drifter varsity and JV baseball and softball players helped coach — relaying valuable tips to campers on hitting, pitching, base running and defensive and offensive skills.

Varsity baseball head coach and camp director Steve Swope was ably assisted by coaches Jonathan Parker, Earl Payton, Bill Wilson and Matt Roberson, as well as long time Little League coach Jimmy Moran.  Alumni Tamara Lutz and Stephanie Trowbridge, along with more than 20 Drifter baseball and softball players, rounded out the staff. 

Swope complimented all personnel, stating, “Our staff did a fantastic job all week, coaching, mingling and having fun with this great bunch of campers.  Current and past players continue to give back to the program by sharing their talent, time and love of the game.”

Coach Swope also thanks High Tides on the Potomac, BB&T, Union First Market Bank, McDonalds, J5 Real Estate Investment, Creative Woodwork, Imagine One, Ltd., Riverboat on the Potomac, Royco, Inc., Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge, Wilkerson’s Seafood Restaurant and the family of Carlisle and Sherry Lutz for sponsoring camp and providing trophies and T-shirts.  Additional thanks go to Susie Foster, Judy Long, Barbara Moxley, Lee Colley, Ronnie Peyton and Virginia Wardman and staff for snack bar accommodations, clerical and registration support, and field preparations. 

“A big ‘thank you’ to all the campers, parents, coaches, players and supporters behind the scenes who helped make this such a fun and enjoyable event,” Swope said. “As stated on the bottom of the evaluation card, ‘We work hard, we play hard, we have fun!’  Live by that motto and enjoy the great game of baseball.”


CONTEST WINNERS    
T-Ball/Minors:  Ground Ball - Brandon Franks; Outfield Fly Ball - Tre Pietras; Fielding & Throwing - Brayden Street; Pitching - Tre Pietras; and Homerun Hitting - Tre Pietras.

Little/Senior League:  Ground Ball - Josh Willford; Outfield Fly Ball - Mya Lyburn; Fielding and Throwing - Wyatt Feltner; Pitching - Jordan Peyton; and Homerun Hitting - John Buckner.

TEAM CHAMPIONS
T-Ball/Minor League:  Rangers - Jake Jack, Tony Frank, Hayden Scolpini, Isabella Hale, Thomas Preston, Kadin Feltner and Matthew Reid.  Little League - Nationals - Hunter Bristow, Cole Setliff, Tavares Lucas, Tyler Whitlock, Dayton Combs, Ryan Sydnor, Kendrick Creasey and Michael Doerr.   Senior League:  Yankees - Trevor Lyburn, Michael Mothershead, Cameron Harris, Owen Hynson, Josh Thomas, Nick Graves, Carlos Bermudez and Kamron Smith.  

INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
T-Ball/Minor League:  Sportsmanship - Anna O’Sullivan; Most Improved - Hunter Norris; Best Hustler - Zach Combs; Best Base Runner - Charlie Pietras; Best Defensive Outfielder - Tyler Street; Best Defensive Infielder - “Champ” Ambert;  and Drifter Camp MVP - Brandon Franks.

Little/Senior League:  Sportsmanship - Austin Norris; Most Improved - Nathaniel Dazy; Best Hustler - Jimmy Lundy; Best Base Runner - Garret Mothershead; Best Defensive Outfielder - Michael Mothershead; Best Defensive Infielder - Tavares Lucas; and Drifter Camp MVP - Trevor Lyburn.

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