Sweets expand youth camps

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have announced the return of Camp No. 57, a week-long camp for youth ages 8-18, as well as the addition of Sweet Lou’s Skills Camp presented by the Walla Walla YMCA for children ages 6-8, this summer.

Each camp will offer local children the opportunity to improve their baseball skills with instruction from Sweets pitching coach Mark Michaud and Sweets players.

“Camp No. 57 registration and attendance have grown exponentially over the last three seasons, drawing kids from Pendleton and Tri-Cities,” said Sweets vice president and general manager Zachary Fraser. “Last year, we realized that we were missing a chance to reach younger children with our Camp No. 57 and decided that the addition of a camp for kids ages 6-8 would be beneficial. We’ve partnered with the Walla Walla YMCA to add Sweet Lou’s Skills Camp, which will allow Walla Walla’s newest baseball players to learn from our coaches and players.”

Sweet Lou’s Skills Camp, presented by the YMCA, runs from 9 a.m.-noon June 19-21 at Borleske Stadium. Sweets coaches and players will instruct campers in foundational skills and drills.

The cost to register is $65 for individuals who sign up before May 20. Standard registration will be $80, and YMCA members can register their children for $60.

Campers will receive a camp T-shirt, a camp certificate, an individual picture with Sweet Lou, and a pizza party on June 21. Each child will also receive one general admission ticket to the Sweets’ game against the Medford Rogues on June 21.

Camp No. 57, presented by Pro-Build, runs from 9 a.m.-noon July 16-19 at Borleske. Michaud will be assisted by guest coaches and players from the Sweets’ 2013 roster.

The cost of the camp is $70 if you sign up before June 24. Standard registration is $115.

Campers will receive a camp T-shirt, a camp photo, and a pizza party provided by Sweet Basil Pizza on July 19. Each child will also receive one general admission ticket to the Sweets game against the Bellingham Bells on July 19, and all campers will have the chance to take the field with Sweets players during the announcement of the starting lineups at the game.

“It is my top priority to improve the skills of each individual camper,” said Michaud. “I believe that improving their skill level will create life-long enjoyment of the game.”

The Walla Walla Sweets, in partnership with Family Medical Center will also present the “Double Play” Community Clinic on from 9 a.m.-noon at Borleske. The clinic is free, and will be a chance for children to work on baseball basics while hanging out with Sweets players and coaches. Family Medical Center of Walla Walla will be present, providing free sports physicals and information for parents on preparing for the school year.

Sign-up forms for Sweet Lou’s Skills Camp and Camp No. 57 are available for download at wallawallasweets.com/camps/. Sign up forms will be available for pickup from the Sweets Shoppe and at the Walla Walla YMCA beginning Monday.

For more information, call 509-522-BALL or email katie@wallawallasweets.com.

Walla Walla Sweets’ opening day, presented by Northwestern Mutual, is at 7:05 p.m. June 5 against the Bend Elks.

For more information, visit website www.wallawallasweets.com.

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