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Orioles to be featured at benefit camp

February 27, 2011|By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Area Church Softball League has used its connections with the Baltimore Orioles through the years to supply its annual banquet with guest speakers.

Former O’s like Scott McGregor and the late Pat Kelly and current outfielder Luke Scott and pitcher Brad Bergesen all have come to town to share their testimonies with families.

This summer, Scott and Bergesen will be sharing some of their knowledge of the game of baseball as part of a three-day baseball camp that will benefit the Hagerstown Fairground Softball Association and District 1 Little League Baseball.

The Orioles In The Outfield Baseball Camp will be held June 27-29 from 9 a.m. to noon at Marty Snook Park in Halfway.

“These guys are professional ballplayers and they’re Christians, and this is a way for them to do outreach,” said Mike Kelbaugh, president of the softball league and the director of the baseball camp. “They don’t need money, so that’s not the reason they do this. It’s because they have a heart for doing this kind of thing.”

Kelbaugh said it was actually Bergesen who hatched the idea for the camp last year. The softball league has had several fundraisers in the past few years to help pay for lights at the fields they use in Fairgrounds Park, and Bergesen suggested a baseball camp would be another good way to raise money.

“He suggested it and volunteered and then Luke got on board,” Kelbaugh said. “That’s what really got things rolling.”

Scott and Bergesen will be more than just names to draw people to the camp. Scott is tentatively scheduled to be at the camp on the first day and Bergesen will attend the second or third day, depending on his pitching schedule.

Both will speak to the campers and travel from field to field to give instruction to campers.

“They’re going to be in there teaching. That’s what they’re coming up to do,” Kelbaugh said.

Kelbaugh said the camp will utilize three Little League fields and three softball fields at Marty Snook Park. The camp will be limited to 110 players, who will be divided into three age groups: 7-9, 10-12 and 13-14.

He said Matt Johnson of Extra Innings-Hagerstown designed the camp’s curriculum and he has about 20 volunteer instructors confirmed.

“Matt basically put down minute by minute what the kids will be doing,” Kelbaugh said. “We’ll have hitting stations, bunting, fielding, pitching and the kids will have a chance to scrimmage at the end of the day.”

The cost of the camp is $100. The camp will move to Extra Innings in the event of rain.

For information, contact Kelbaugh at 301-223-4556 or e-mail him at drumlikeme@aol.com. Information is also available at www.hagerstownareachurchsoftball.com

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