JOHN DAY - Preparing for the future of Grant Union baseball, new head coach Doug Sharp and his staff held a week-long hitting camp Feb. 13-17 in the high school's old gymnasium.

Batting cages were set up inside the gym and with the assistance of Grant Union varsity and junior varsity players, future Prospectors "stars" received individual and group instruction on hitting techniques ranging from "load, cock and fire" to drive the ball out of Malone Field to just how to position your hands on the barrel of a bat to drop down a sacrifice bunt.

Young players had the opportunity to hit thrown pitches as well as off tees.

Sharp emphasized hitting balls off tees is equally important for more experienced players as well as younger ones, and told camp attendees former Grant Union player Aaron Mathews, who is now a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, hits balls off tees every day.

The camps were well attended and many of the players' parents were also on hand.

Baseball is alive and well at Grant Union.

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