The Madisonville Miners have a few days off this week and they took advantage of Tuesday to host their annual Youth Baseball Camp at Elmer Kelley Stadium.
Campers were to go to the field and receive instructions from players and coaches. Camp will end this morning ahead of the minors’ double program against Muhlenberg County.
“We had 67 kids (Tuesday),” Miners head coach Josh Merrill said. “They were all super excited and the guys matched that intensity with them. It’s definitely one thing to do the exercises we do every day, and quite another to teach it so that they know how to say it in a way that children can understand. They are having fun. All the kids I’ve spoken to have told me how much fun they are and ask when our next game is so they can come see us.
The focus on Tuesday was on hitting and basic running with Miners players at different stations offering instruction on soft casting, bunting and basic flying. Today’s session will include throwing and defense exercises.
“We’ll have an infield, an outfield and some shots,” Merrill said. “We will also have a station where the kids can play pickle with recaps, which I think will be a fan favorite.”
The miners are known to give back to the Madisonville and Hopkins County community during the summer months and Merrill hopes the children will return with their parents to support them during their games.
“We told the guys we’re a community team,” Merrill said. “So giving back starts with that, and the guys have definitely bought into that.”
Merrill said due to COVID-19 precautions there are no plans to visit nursing homes or libraries this year, but he and Tricia Noel from the Hopkins County Tourism Commission are hoping to start doing so again. those events before the guys go their separate ways at the end of the season.
Tonight’s twinbill will start at 5 p.m. The last drink will start 30 minutes after the final of the first match.