On June 26, 2017 the Hartnell College Baseball and Softball teams hosted their annual summer camps. The Baseball team was led by Head Coach Travis Babin. They had 45 campers ages 7 to 12 years old. Campers learn fundamental skills of the game as well as team work development.“I enjoy hosting this camp every year because we get to teach and talk to these kids about life, this camp is more than just baseball,” expressed Babin. Campers enjoyed a whole week of basic training, conditioning and character development. Coach Babin further explained, “Most of the kids that attended are already involved or playing baseball at local little leagues, we are happy to help them improve their skills.”
At the same time, Softball Head Coach Andrew Watt led the annual Softball Summer Camp. He had 30 campers ages 7 to 18. This girl’s summer camp featured basic softball skills and conditioning “I enjoy organizing this camp because I get to meet all these girls who might be coming to Hartnell one day. Most of these girls are returning from our past camps, this shows that we are doing something right,” said Watt. Campers learned to hit, pitch and catch as well as scrimmage play. “I am happy to maintain this camp small, that way girls get to have more one on one coaching and get more action,” added Watt. I am happy to see that many of our campers are second generation Panthers, meaning that their parents came here to Hartnell and now their children are coming here and taking advantage of the summer camps. We look forward to the rest of the summer and the various summer camps we offer. We will continue to expand our camps and to connect with the next generation of athletes. We welcome high school students to volunteer and give back to their community at the same time. Go Panthers!