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Infielder Pokey Reese attends Cincinnati Reds Legends youth camp

VIENNA — The 27th annual Cincinnati Reds Legends youth baseball and softball camp was recently held at Jackson Park in Vienna and featured a legendary infielder for the Reds.

Pokey Reese, a former second Baseman, attended both days of the camp and worked on infield skills with the participants. His wife, Cheretta Reese, also attended both days of the camp.

She is a former NCAA softball standout who recently joined with Jil Barber, a recent inductee into the Mid-Ohio Valley Softball Hall of Fame, to work with the girls group at the camp on pitching, fielding and hitting.

The camp focused on basic and advanced instruction in baseball and softball pitching skills taught by Calhoun County Local High School coach Tim Moore, Barber and Cheretta Reese.

Infield skills around the horn from first base to third base was taught by Pokey Reese, the camp headliner.

Bunting was taught by local baseball coach Chad Barnes. Ron Casci, Middleport and Pomeroy coach, focused on hitting and base running.

“The camp was a great success” said Mike Wagner, the camp’s longtime director. “I believe those kids crammed an entire summer’s worth of fun into 2 days at camp.”

While camp staff jumped through numerous hoops this year to put on the event, it was nonetheless successful, Wagner said.

“It was well worth it after watching the children have so much fun, and an eagerness to get out on the field and work with Reese, a legendary Cincinnati Reds hero, Wagner said.

Awards for skills also were presented.

The Pete Rose Charlie Hustle awards went to Chase Petty, Carter Brown and Laura Wagner. The Young Flamethrower award went to Kaycee Berentz, Abigail York, Garrett Ayers, Alex Kehrberg, Levi Morris and Bronson Farley.

The Johnny Bench Homerun Award went to Kaycee Berentz, Abigail York, Carter Brown, Colten DeMoss Myles Ross and Isaac Sampson.

The Eric Davis Speedster Award was received by Alexander Schmidt, Gavin Dawson, Nicole Ferrell, Levi Morris, Braxton Wagner and Clay Moore. The Leo Cardenas Bunting Award winners were Landon Brown, Carter Brown, Chase Hammel, Levi Morris, Kaycee Berentz, Breanna Wagner and Clay Moore.

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