Walnut Cove’s Lions Park was bustling Saturday morning with players of all ages on each of the four baseball fields. South Stokes baseball team partnered with Walnut Cove’s Little League program to host a free four-hour skills camp.
“We did it two years ago, but had it in early February so it was a little cold and we were competing with basketball because it was still going on,” said South’s coach Shane Worth.
After having to cancel last weekend due to weather, Saturday’s Easter weekend forecast proved to be perfect.
Saura players set up stations with a focus on outfield drills, hitting, pitching, and running the bases.
“We want to help them pick up the little nuances of the game to improve their skills,” Worth said. “Not only to help us at the high school level, but I want kids to play baseball. It’s a great sport. I used to do some umpiring at this place and it was packed. It’d be good to see it like that again.”
Worth’s players seemed to share that same sentiment taking the extra time to spend with each child and showing what they’ve learned over the years in the program.
“They’re doing a good job. If they can teach what they’ve been taught it means they’ve got it,” the coach said.
Walnut Cove Little League president, Ronda Ring said they’ve seen a slight increase in kids participating in softball and baseball this year.
“We’re up this year. We have about 120 kids signed up so I was glad to see that. We really want to see this league grow,” she said. “I hope today they pick up some skills that will give them more confidence when they play. They’re having a great time. They really look up to these guys.”
South recently hosted a little league night and had the young players introduced on the field.
“Having everyone come together in the community to support these kids is great,” Rings said.
Walnut Cove’s Little League opening day is Saturday, April 9 and the season will run through the first of June.
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