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June 7, 2014

Diamond Devils finish camp week

TIFTON — The group picture meant it was over early Friday afternoon. It came shortly after the awards ceremony and marked the end of a weeklong baseball camp at Tift County High that attracted area kids ages five through 13.

The camp, led by Blue Devils head coach Kyle Kirk, showed players the fundamentals of the sport and also gave them a chance to play games on the field.

At one point, Friday three games were going on at once on the field. The oldest age group was on the diamond with Devil players throwing pitches to them. In right-center were some of the youngest ones hitting tennis balls off a tee. Left field featured a real baseball, but much-shortened bases.

Kirk said 135 kids participated in the camp. He did not believe the number was too high to be able to provide personal instruction. Most of his players served as assistants during the week. "We were able to get a lot of one-on-one work fundamentally."

After putting in their week of work, the athletes were given a camp T-shirt and awards were announced by Kirk in four age groups.

Ages 5-6: Grant Alexander (Top Speed), Kaden Medina (Velocity), Wyatt Keith (Home Run Derby), Hagan Slimp (Spirit of the Blue) and Preston Barksdale (Most Valuable Player).

Ages 7-8: Blair Golden (Top Speed), Ross Peters (Velocity), Brady Moretz (Home Run Derby), John Davis (Spirit of the Blue) and Reese Pro (Most Valuable Player)

Ages 9-10: Ashton Hampton (Top Speed), Jacob Dillard (Velocity), Jackson Strickland (Home Run Derby), Davis Byrnes (Spirit of the Blue) and Colson Stewart (Most Valuable Player).

Ages 11-13: Trey Barfield (Top Speed), Parks Johnson (Velocity), Ty Wood (Home Run Derby), Grant Hall (Spirit of the Blue) and Bryce Johnson (Most Valuable Player).

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