Ladue's varsity baseball coach Rob Garrett had some news to announce. He was motivating three dozen youngsters at the Future Ram Basebsall camp at Jim Wolfe Field at Ladue High.
"Guys, I've got news for you. William Piwina-Worms, one of our former stars just signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals."
And further, "he was one of those guys who ran everywhere. He was always the first one out of the dugout."
The kids wanted to know what was going on? One asked, "coach, how many of your players are playing professionally" "Three," Garrett said proudly, rattling off the other names.
Then, it was back to work. That meant fundamental drills in throwing and catching a baseball; running the bases, making the plays in the field, drills like that.
Summer camps are great for kids who want to advance their interest in their favorite sports. There's no pressure to perform. There's just an opportunity to learn from the best and to become somebody on a playing field.
The Future Ram camp at Ladue High for youngsters all the way up to the 8th grade is quite the right place to get started. Here's a look around camp this week.