Wiregrass youth learns fundamentals of baseball and softball at Post 12 summer camp

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Post 12 American Legion team held a baseball and softball camp.

Campers were taught the fundamentals of the sports and Post 12 team members learned valuable life lessons.

More than 30 boys and girls aged 5-12 participated in the three day camp.

Mornings started with drills, each day ended with a scrimmage and campers couldn’t get enough.

“I just like to come out here, make friends, have a fun time and get better,” camper Will Anners said. “Because my dream is to go into the MLB.”

“I really like to be here and I was just wanting to say I want to work to be the very best,” camper Brooks Bagwel said.

Post 12 Head Coach Robert Bradford believes the younger an athlete learns the fundamentals of their sport the more success they can have in the future.

The money from registration fees was used to pay for the Post 12 team members new uniforms.

Members of the team acted as coaches for the campers so that they could earn their jerseys.

“I feel like when kids have to earn what they get they’re more respectful of it and more proud of it,” Bradford said. “We need to teach them those lessons in life like that.”

Players said it taught them work ethic and they enjoy giving back to the next generation of athletes.

“It’s just basically taking our skill and trying to give it to them, teach them something,” Post 12 player Brody White said.

“It’s a pleasure for him to have me out here with my other friends helping these little kids learn the fundamentals of baseball,” Post 12 player Zachary Cook said.

Campers said the players made great coaches.

“It’s only my first year playing and I’ve already played a lot of positions,” camper Bailee Bertsch said.

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