The Lassen College Athletic Summer Kids Baseball Camp saw more than 35 campers throughout the week of Monday, June 12. Photo by Ashley Grogan

Baseball camp teaches the basics to local athletes

Parker Lively, 9, practices fielding ground balls during baseball camp at Memorial Park. Photo by Ashley Grogan

Lassen College kicked off the Athletic Summer Kids Camp series with baseball camp held during the week of Monday, June 12 at Susanville Memorial Park.

Lassen’s head baseball coach Frank Avilla worked alongside LCC alumni Donald Wanner and Lassen High School varsity baseball payers Miles Ormachea and Josiah Snell to run the camp for local baseball enthusiasts ages 7 to 13 years.

Throughout the week, campers learned the different skills of fielding, bunting, hitting, catching, pitching and base running.

“Ultimately,” said Avilla, “we want to make sure to teach these kids how to have fun.”

Campers each received a camp T-shirt and gained a better understanding of the sport through drills, games and, of course, baseball trivia questions during snack time.

Danny Davidson, 11, gives his all to the homerun derby during the Lassen College Athletic Summer Kids Baseball Camp on Thursday, June 15. Photo by Ashley Grogan

The camp drew in more than 35 children and worked with players at various skill levels.

For some campers, the week was spent improving their skills, while for others; the time was spent learning techniques for the first time. For all campers, though, time spent on the diamond, in the field and in the batting cages was spent sharing the love of baseball with peers.

Avilla said, “I really appreciate Susanville Little League and the amazing turnout that we had in participants. I especially want to thank Ben Moore, Glen Schall and the rest of the Susanville Little League family along with Lassen College for this opportunity to teach these kids.”

The Lassen College Athletic Summer Kids Camp series has only just begun as local youth are enjoying wrestling and softball camps this week, and they can enjoy basketball and soccer camps during the week of Monday, June 26.