Fort Payne hosts summer youth baseball camp

Fort Payne High School hosted a youth baseball camp to teach kids the fundamentals of the game.

Participants received instruction from the Fort Payne High School baseball coaching staff and former college baseball players.

23 local young ballplayers improved their skills through base running, batting and defensive drills.

Fort Payne head baseball coach Johnny Johnson said he enjoys the event every year.

“It’s great to bring some old players back and get these kids out on the field,” Johnson said. “I’ve been involved with this camp for about 12 years now and we always have a great showing and we’re able to teach these kids a lot about how to play the game.”

Camp participants practiced from 9 a.m. to noon. The ages of kids registered ranged from seven to 12.

10-year-old participant Dax Varnadore said he comes back every year.

“I always have fun here,” Varnadore said. “I like playing shortstop more so my favorite part of practice is when we take infield. I like fielding grounders and throwing the ball as hard as I can to get runners out.”

Johnson said the yearly camp has helped keep kids involved in the sport as they grow up.

“The camp definitely helps feed upper levels of play,” Johnson said. “Being involved with it for so long, I’ve seen kids here at past camps who eventually played for me at the high school level and then go on to play college ball. We hope to see these kids compete at the next level someday.”

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