Baseball camp a home run

I want to officially thank everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success and awesome fun that was generated at last week’s 27th annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball/Softball Camp.

Even with the hoops we had to jump through this year with all the virus frenzy, I rate this year’s camp among the top three camps and events that we have ever produced. And the good old fashioned fun that was experienced by all in attendance, well, I would say those children crammed an entire summer’s worth of fun into two days.

To say that the camp was exploding with fun and excitement, would somehow be an understatement. Cincinnati Reds legendary second baseman Pokey Reese headlined the camp and was absolutely awesome with the kids, instructing on infield skills while his wife Cheretta, a former NCAA Division One softball standout player, joined recent Mid-Ohio Valley Softball Hall of Fame inductee Jill Barber in helping instruct the girls at the camp. My old war horse coaches Ron Casci, Tim Moore and Chad Barnes were all on hand to instruct and help out as usual.

Also coaches and team dads/moms Daniel Wagner, Jeff Hopkins, Jacob Wagner, Michael Wagner Jr., Kevin Pierson, Tim Everson, Jonathan Farley, Amanda Berentz, Jason Kehrberg, Mike Hopkins, Eric Brown and Eddie Atkinson did a wonderful job. These dedicated people never let me down. Always there, always ready to teach and instruct.

Also lunch and snack helpers Theresa Wagner, Vivian King, Tanya Wagner, Jeff Treadway, Cathy Miller and Katee Stalnaker all did a fantastic job keeping the children fed and hydrated throughout each day.

Area businesses who kicked in to make this year’s event a success included Jack Horton and v96.9 radio, area Piggly Wiggly stores, Marietta Giant Eagle, Warren’s IGA, Marietta Captain D’s, Marietta Long John Silvers, Vienna and Parkersburg DQ restaurants, Zide’s Sport Shop and Marietta Fairfield Inn. And a big thank you also goes out to Steve Black and the city of Vienna for hosting the Cincinnati Reds Legends event for the fourth year in a row now. The groundskeepers were awesome as usual.

Many people in this wonderful community showed abounding love and generosity for this year’s event by donating their time and money to see that every child that wanted to attend would be afforded the opportunity. God blessed us with good people, caring souls once again and another year of success. I am so very thankful.

Mike Wagner



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