Spartan baseball camp a home run

At other coaching stops, Brian Tickell has seen some good talent at summer camps he has run.

None of that talent compares to what Tickell, the baseball coach at Centennial, saw at his camp last week.

“I’m excited about the future of Spartan Baseball,” Tickell said. “Most of the incoming freshmen at the camp will be trying out for the team next season.”

Around 140 future Spartans were at last week’s camp which was held Monday through Thursday. The camp was divided into two sessions. There was a morning session for

incoming first- through fifth-graders and an afternoon session for incoming six- through ninth-graders.

Tickell said he decided to go to two sessions because at last year’s camp, which was just one session, he didn’t think the coaches and staff were able to concentrate on working on the campers skills.

“I felt like last year we couldn’t really concentrate on skills as much because we had so many kids.

“We wanted to be able to spend more time on skills and drills,” Tickell said. “I think that worked out a lot better.”

Having two sessions also allowed the incoming eighth- and ninth-graders, who were in the strength and conditioning camp in the morning to come to the afternoon camp.

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