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The 16th Annual Drifter Baseball Camp was a huge success at Monroe Park last week, with 88 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 and Bill Wilson, as well as long time Little League coach Jimmy Moran. Past Drifter varsity baseball and softball players rounded out the staff.
“Our staff did a fantastic job all week, coaching, mingling and having fun with this great bunch of campers,” Swope said. “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., J’s Cars, F&A Auto Sales, The Happy Clam Restaurant, Colonial Yacht Center and Riverboat on the Potomac for sponsoring camp and T-shirts. Also, special thanks go to Wilkerson’s Restaurant for sponsoring trophies and the baseball program. 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.
T-Ball/Minors: Ground Ball-Jace Jett; Outfield Fly Ball-Trevor Smith; Fielding & Throwing-Carson Allison; Pitching-Trevor Smith; and Homerun Hitting-Trevor Smith.
Little/Senior League: Ground Ball-Terrin Dickerson; Outfield Fly Ball- Drew Berry; Fielding and Throwing-Brett Rothman; Pitching-Pookie Parker; and Homerun Hitting-Brad Shelton.
TOURNAMENT TEAM CHAMPS
T-Ball/Minor League: Yankees- Carson Allison, Matt Reid, Trevor Smith, Joseph Clements, Charlie Pietras, Gracie Muse and Abby Taggart. Little League - Dodgers- Trevor Delane, Brad Shelton, Hunter Bristow, Brett Rothman, Mya Lyburn, Matt Hartberger, J.W. Musselman, Kendrick Creasey and A.J. Phillips. Senior League: Phillies – John Buckner, Drew Berry, Ryan Thomas, Buster Tinsley, Nathan Jackson, Tyler Vickery, DezJohn Parker, Nick Graves and Sidney Horton.
INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
T-Ball/Minor League: Sportsmanship-D.J. Grahy; Most Improved-Matt Reid; Best Hustler-Tre Pietras; Best Base Runner-Champ Ambert; Best Defensive Outfielder-Jimmy Lundy; Best Defensive Infielder-Brandon Frank, Best Hitter- Josh Iannarelli and Drifter Camp MVP-Carson Allison.
Little/Senior League: Sportsmanship-Nate Grimley; Most Improved- Brittany Singleton; Best Hustler-Cole Setliff; Best Base Runner-Josh Willford; Best Defensive Outfielder-Kamron Smith; Best Defensive Infielder-Manana Morton, Best Hitter- Jason Vickery; and Drifter Camp MVP-Emily Parks.
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. 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.