GLASGOW — Young ball players from around the community gathered at Trojan Field on Wednesday for the Barren County youth baseball camp. They interacted with coach Blake Crabtree and several Trojan players, working on their fundamental skills.
“It’s just good getting these guys out here, getting them on our field,” Crabtree said, adding that the young players get a chance to see what the Trojans do during their practices.
Several Trojan players led the campers in the drills, giving the young ball players pointers.
“It’s fun,” said Taye Poynter, a rising sophomore shortstop for Barren County. “It’s something to get to do every summer. It’s always fun to get to hang out with these kids who are going to be up here eventually.
“Doing the drills is always fun — doing drills that we do every day in practice, and then watching them get to do it.”
Crabtree said he really enjoys watching his players working with the campers.
“It’s good seeing our guys interact with them,” the Trojan coach said. “Some of these guys are real quiet, so it kind of takes them out of their element — but they’ve been really good with them. The little kids have owned up to them and enjoyed being out here with them.”
During one of the fielding drills, the campers had the option of “diving” or “not diving” for the ball.
Jackson Bennett, a rising third-grader at North Jackson Elementary, kept choosing the former option — and he made several diving catches.
When asked what his favorite part about this camp has been, Bennett said: “Probably diving.”
“You just go for it,” he said of making diving catches. “Watch the ball.”
The NJE student said he has been playing baseball since he was 4 years old, and that he really enjoys hitting home runs.
Malachi Pendleton, a rising fourth-grader at Red Cross Elementary, said playing baseball on Trojan Field has been really fun.
The RCE student said he has been playing baseball for four years, and that his favorite part about the sport is hitting home runs.
Crabtree said this is his first year holding this camp and he was impressed by the turnout.
“We’ve done K through eighth grade, and we’ve had over 75 campers — over 35 in each group,” he said. “I think the kids just like coming out here playing with their friends.”