Wa-Hi grad Grove joins camp coaches

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WALLA WALLA - Former Wa-Hi and Washington State University standout Jason Grove has joined the staff of the Whitman College Winter Baseball Camp.

Grove is a 1997 graduate of Wa-Hi, where he excelled in football and basketball as well as baseball. He then went on to Washington State University, where he hit .349 over three seasons at WSU and finished with 33 career home runs (tied with John Olerud for sixth all-time at WSU).

Grove was drafted by the New York Yankees as the 98th player taken in the 2000 amateur draft. He rose through the minor league ranks to play at the Double A level for both the Yankees and Minnesota Twins, and later finished his career in spring training with the Seattle Mariners.

Grove now works as an elementary school teacher in College Place and is an assistant baseball coach at Walla Walla Community College.

"This is very exciting for us to bring Jason on to one of the best coaching staffs that we have ever assembled for a camp," said Mark Michaud, the camp director. "Jason has proven himself at some of the highest levels of baseball, and most importantly for us, Jason adds another great teacher of the game."

The three-day camp, which is open to players between the ages of eight and 18, is set Dec. 28-30 in the Sherwood Athletic Center on the Whitman campus.

Hours for the camp are 3-6 p.m. each day. The camp takes place in Sherwood's lower-level multi-purpose gymnasium, which is equipped with indoor batting cages.

Cost of the three-day camp is $100 per player.

For more information about the Whitman College Winter Baseball Camp, contact Michaud at Michaud@whitman.edu or 509-522-4438.

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