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Pass Christian Pirates Baseball Clinic helped kids improve their skills


Despite a heat index of between 100 and 105 degrees,  Pass Christian Pirates high school baseball coach Marcus Whitfield, welcomed 25 youngsters.

"Our goal is to try to get as many kids out as possible, "stated Whitfield.  "Teach them basic fundamentals of the game, where they should be, how they should field the ball, proper throwing techniques.  Things to help them a long the way as they play Little League and Cal Ripkin League and move them on up through the age groups."

The skills clinic was for kids 4 to 16-years-old.  Pass Christian pitcher/outfielder Tyler Ladner volunteered in helping with the skills clinic   He recently completed his senior season and says he always participated in baseball clinics and those clinics helped him secure a scholoarship to East Central Community College.

Ladner said, "For me baseball never stops.  The more you put into it the more you get out of it.  So, I went to as many clinics and camps as possible when I was growing up and it really paid off for me in the end."

Pass Christian Pirates assistant baseball coach Rickey Lewis graduated from Pass High in 1995.  He went on to college and in 1998 was selected in the 18th round in the June Major League Baseball Draft.  He says baseball clinics helped him.

"In high school I played all four years and dedicated myself in trying and possibly pushing to get a scholarship, "stated Lewis.  "And one of the ways was through camps and clinics and I ended up getting a scholarship to Mississippi Valley State and three years later, after my junior year, I was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers."

Lewis was a pitcher and he played six years in the Brewers minor league organization. After the 2003 season Lewis says he decided to jump into the coaching ranks.

He along with coach Whitfield love giving back, teaching future college and possibly major league baseball players.

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