Baseball camps return to the valley |

Baseball camps return to the valley

Ryan Slabaugh

The camps, directed by Tad Powers, an international scout for the Chicago Cubs, are available for any age group and ability level.

The first camp will take place June 7-9 at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The series leaves the valley for two weeks, but returns June 24-28 for a camp at Battle Mountain High School’s baseball diamond in Eagle-Vail.

“It’s basically like going to spring training,” Powers said. “We cover everything from the proper technique to fielding fly balls and ground balls to base running.”

The three-day camp in Eagle costs $40 per day or $110 for three days. The camps are encouraging those interested to pre-register by going to or picking up the many leaflets that will be floating around the valley.

The camp in Vail will cost $30 per day or $125 for the five days. Powers expects between 30 and 40 kids to be registered, and will be helped by former Montreal Expos player Danny Gonzales and Mesa State University baseball player Adam Murphy.

All campers will also be eligible to try out for the all-star teams July 27-28 at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum. The teams (14 and under, 16 and under, 16 and over) will travel to Australia during Christmas for an international tournament.

“Last year we brought five teams and this year we’re expecting to do the same,” Powers said. “It’s a very unique opportunity for baseball players in the valley.”

All participants are expected to supply their own equipment and bring a small lunch.

For information, call Powers at (970) 748-3167 or (970) 470-5448.

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