Volunteer group brings free baseball camp to area kids

Guadalupe kids will be able to take part in a fun-filled day of baseball Saturday, Dec. 11, during a first-time free baseball clinic put on by the Ball Club.

“We are hosting a free baseball camp for the children of Guadalupe,” Ball Club Director and Someburros restaurant owner Tim Vasquez said.

The clinic will take place at the Diamonback Stottlemyre Field located south of Baseline Road on Priest Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check-in is 9:15 to 10 a.m. Boys and girls ages 4 to 12 are eligible to attend.

The club, founded last year by Vasquez, includes three teams ranging from 11- to 13-year-olds, Vasquez said. Players and coaches with the organization will instruct kids through the clinic’s activities.

“We are going to have different stations – hitting, pitching, throwing and fielding,” he said. “We are also going to have some guest speakers.”

Bryan Reid, a scout for the Detroit Tigers, will also be there to answer questions and provide kids with some noteworthy tips.

“I think the kids from Guadalupe are going to gain valuable instruction from some of the best coaches around, and also some insight from the scouts as to what a future in baseball would be like,” Vasquez said.

“It’s also going to be a great experience for the Ball Club players, who will gain the experience of giving back to the kids who come out.”

Equipment will be provided.

“The Ball Club families have been gathering up lightly used baseball equipment that will just be given away,” Vasquez said. “Each player will take home a new baseball, and East Valley Sol is donating money to the camp, which will be used to buy brand new gloves and bats to be given away as prizes.”

Vasquez said he expects 100 to 200 kids to attend the free clinic.

For more details, call Tim Vasquez at 480-628-3251.

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