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Learning the basics of baseball: Blue Raiders coaches hold camp for dozens of players

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 7/3/18

Stealing bases, bunting, fielding — 34 campers gathered in Middletown Area High School’s fields to hone their baseball skills last week.

The baseball camp was led by the Blue Raiders …

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Learning the basics of baseball: Blue Raiders coaches hold camp for dozens of players

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Stealing bases, bunting, fielding — 34 campers gathered in Middletown Area High School’s fields to hone their baseball skills last week.

The baseball camp was led by the Blue Raiders baseball coaches and ran from June 25-28.

This is the first time MASD has offered a summer baseball camp in years.

Head coach Mike Lupia said they wanted to get the younger baseball players involved and playing baseball.

“We haven’t had enough guys out at the high school level. Hopefully, if you do stuff like this … hopefully the kids will keep playing when they get older and our numbers will go up,” Lupia said. “We’re definitely going to keep on doing” the camp.

The campers had different reasons for wanting to participate in the camp. Charles Lawrence said that he hoped to improve, and Troy Knull said he wanted to get to know the coaches.

“I wanted to come out, gain better skills and have fun,” Kaden Shomper said. “I’m here in two years.”

The camp was open for kids entering third through eighth grade. A majority of the campers attend Middletown Area School District schools.

The camp, Lupia said, taught all areas and positions of baseball. On Wednesday, the kids started out the day throwing the ball back and forth before breaking into five groups where they rotated between stations and practiced bunting, stealing bases, fielding the balls and hitting.

“Regardless of what position they play, they’re young enough to learn different positions,” Lupia said.

For the younger kids, Lupia and the other coaches teach them the basics. He said they adjust their lessons when they work with the older students and offer more advanced suggestions.

Lupia said he didn’t expect this many kids to sign up.

“We have a lot of great kids here,” Lupia said. “Even if they learn one or two things here this week that makes them a better player, it’s all good because by the time they come to me when they’re in ninth grade, hopefully that translates to a lot of wins on the field.”

The Blue Raiders finished last season 10-9 and missed a spot in the District 3 playoffs.