Players show love for baseball at camp

Clarkston News Sports Writer
The fields were filled with 90 young players having fun and learning during the Clarkston Baseball Camp last week.
“It’s going really well,” said Addison Turk, head coach for Clarkston Varsity Baseball, on the third day of camp. “I am very happy with the turnout and seeing kids are into baseball.”
During the four day camp players, ages 7-14 years old, were divided into training groups by age and skill level to go through multiple skill station relating to the Five Tools of Baseball – hitting for average, hitting for power, throwing/pitching, fielding, and base running skills and speed.

Hudson Tursak throws the ball to Clarkston Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach Eric Leichtnam during camp. Photo by Wendi Reardon Price

Turk added some players were more advanced than others while some were just beginning.
“Some new faces, but a lot of returners. All of them are learning new things and new ways to play baseball,” he said. “It’s things we teach our players at the high school level. It’s nice for them to learn it before they get to us.”
The campers were led at each station by coaches and Clarkston Baseball players.
“Kudos to my players,” Turk said. “They are doing fantastic. They are so good with the kids. It makes everything go smooth. We have had plenty of parents call and say how much fun their sons are having this week – that’s the most important thing.”
Turk added on the first day of camp they talked to the campers about playing when they can.
“Just because they aren’t in practice or playing a game, they can still do things either it’s in the backyard or going to the field,” Turk said. “My main goal is have them want to play baseball outside of actual baseball.”
Clarkston Baseball Camp was held through Clarkston Community Education and Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors. For more camps and events offered, please visit

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