by RANDY GREGORY
The Rockford baseball program has soared to new heights of success recently and wasted no time feeling sorry for themselves after dropping the Division 1 quarterfinals on Tuesday, June 11th. The following two days saw Rockford hosting a pitching and catching camp at the high school complex. But that wasn’t quite enough baseball for a program that prides itself on not only the present, but the future as well.
Beginning this week Monday, June 17th the Rams hosted a total offense and defense camp for second through seventh-graders and another for eighth through tenth-graders. As the success of the team has continued unabated, so has the popularity of the camps for aspiring baseball players.
“We are so pleased with the response we have gotten to the camps we put on,” said Rockford coach Ian Hearn. “Not only from the number of campers, but also with the number of coaches and former players who now show up to work our clinics. We now have more than twenty workers per camp. They all have a wealth of knowledge to share with the kids and impart valuable advice to kids all the way down the line.”
The number of attendees for the camps will be north of 300 this year and it is no coincidence that players from other programs comprise a percentage of that total.
“We have players from Greenville, Comstock Park, Grandville and even as far away as Troy attending,” said Hearn. “We try to give the total spectrum of both the offensive and defensive segments of the game to everyone who attends. I only hope the kids enjoy it as much as we do and we love to see the numbers continually increase in attendance year after year.”