Marietta College Camp of Champs a big hit

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Keaton Mace, of Marietta, prepares to throw during Wednesday’s Marietta College Camp of Champs at Don Schaly Stadium.

Corbin Phillips and Easton Walker might someday be on the Parkersburg South High varsity baseball roster.

If the two Lubeck Elementary School fifth-graders are fortunate enough for that to occur, they just might give a little credit for their development to the Marietta College Baseball Camp of Champs at Don Schaly Stadium.

“This is our third or fourth year at the camp,” said the 10-year old Phillips, a Houston Astros fan. (He said he got Jose Altuve’s autograph when the Astros played at Cleveland.)

“We first heard about it when we came here to watch them (Pioneers) play (in the spring),” Phillips said. “So, we just wanted to try to come here and try it.”

Walker, who is two days older than his good friend Phillips, said it was “a nice camp.”

“We’ve made a lot of friends here,” he said. (Walker is a Pittsburgh Pirates and Corey Dickerson fan.)

The 3-day summer Camp of Champs, which was put on by MC baseball and BSN Sports, started Monday and finished up Wednesday. If it had rained, it would’ve been moved to the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on campus.

Phillips and Walker, who both play for the Dawgs travel baseball team in Parkersburg, were two of 56 boys, from grades 2 through 8, receiving personalized instruction at hitting, fielding, and pitching stations.

“The numbers are pretty consistent with last year,” said Brian Brewer, Camp of Champs director/Marietta College head baseball coach. “Normally, we’re between 40 and 50.”

Brewer smiled.

“This group of kids are the fun ones,” he continued. “They just run around, smiling. They’re just hungry to be outside to play ball.

“It’s very enjoyable to work with them. There’s no grind. They just show up, learn a little, play a little, and have as much fun as they can between 9:30 (a.m.) and 4:30 (p.m.).”

Brewer was assisted by his Pioneer coaching staff of Chad Langley, Chris Stout, and Mark Walton and former players’ Chris Petrucci, Evan Brockmeier, and Austin Eaton.

“It’s a good staff for sure,” Brewer said.

Brewer said that the campers received their T-shirts and evaluations on Wednesday, the last day.

The Camp of Champs Fall Prospect Camp for grades 10-12 is scheduled Aug. 26; and the Winter Prospect Camp for grades 10-12, Dec. 2. More information on these camps can be obtained at (740) 376-4517.