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June 12, 2013

Former Demons to give back at camp

DUNCAN — Duncan youth baseball players, clear your schedules: a chance to learn about the game from some of the town’s best former players is right around the corner.

Former Demons players Trent and Tyler Wilkins, Kale and Christian Thaxton, Dillon Stanley and others will try to pass on the knowledge that helped them reach the college level at the first ever All-State Baseball Camp at Abe Raizen Park June 24-27.The four-day camp, which includes 7-11 year old and 12-15 year old age groups, will focus on the fundamentals of the game and teaching Duncan’s youngest players the right way to play.

Tyler Wilkins, now a sophomore at Northeastern State University and the camp’s organizer, had considered starting up a camp in Duncan for around two years. After he was asked to host one this summer, he couldn’t say no.

“I thought about it, and I knew I wanted to make it happen,” Wilkins said. “We all have little brothers, so we’re used to working with little kids and teaching them the right way to do things on the baseball field.”

Campers will get firsthand teaching in a variety of positions, with Tyler, Kale, Christian and Dillon all coaching the position they played in high school. Tyler will take teach catching, Kale and Christian will work on the outfield while Dillon, who will play second base in his freshman year at Redlands Community College, will teach the infield.

“My family has been telling me for years that this is something we should do,” Kale Thaxton,

Now at Southern Oklahoma State, said. “There really isn’t anything like it in Duncan yet and whenever I was that age, I wanted to learn from someone older than me.”

Each instructor said they were inspired to coach kids after working with their younger brothers, who will all attend the camp, on improving their skill sets.

“We’re just looking to help some guys out, Stanley said. “I’ve done hitting and pitching lessons with kids before. It’ll be a neat experience for these guys to be around college baseball players and just learn about the game.”

For Christian Thaxton, a big part of the camp’s appeal is the chance to give back to Duncan.

“I was all for it,” said Thaxton, who is entering his sophomore season at RCC. “It’s good to be able to get back after having made it this far and give back to the community that supported us through high school and beyond.”

Registration for the camp is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. for ages 7-11 or 12:30 p.m. for ages 12-15.

For more information, contact Tyler Wilkins at (580)-606-8361

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