Tiger baseball to host three winter camps

Steve Gust

Steve Gust

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball program is hosting three camps this winter for baseball players from around the area.

The Tigers will host a hitting and defense camp on Sunday, Jan. 27; a pitching camp on Sunday, Feb. 3 and an elementary camp on Saturday, Feb. 2. The hitting and defense and pitching camps are open to baseball players in grades seven through 12 and the elementary camp is open to students in first through sixth grades.

The hitting and defense camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. The camp covers the fundamentals of a compact swing, the essentials of bunting, the two-strike approach, the mechanics of throwing (by position), outfield and infield play and catching. The pitching camp is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 3 and focuses on throwing progression, upper and lower body mechanics and conditioning, dry drills, the mental aspect, flat grounds and bullpen.

The elementary camp is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 2. Camp staff will focus on the basic fundamentals of baseball for young athletes.

Camp staff includes Tiger head coach Steve Gust, former Minnesota Twins camp coach and DWU assistant Kevin Nunn, Huron high school and American Legion coach JT Fisher and former All-Great Plains Athletic Conference players Ethan Opsahl, John Greicar and Chris Ciatti, along with current DWU baseball players.

Registration for each camp is one hour before the start of the camp. All three camps will be held at the Christen Family Recreation/Wellness Center on the DWU campus. Preregistration is not required, but is encouraged by camp staff.

Contact Gust at 605-995-2853 or stgust@dwu.edu for more information or to register. Participants can also register online at www.dwu.edu/webstore/events/baseball.