Silver Sluggers at WCC

By on June 11, 2009

Hitting camp helping countless kids for a generation taking place this week
by Mike Slodki
Sugar Grove—Many things that began in the 1980s are woefully out of style.

But if they offer a good product and rising returns every year, thriving is in the cards.

Such is the case with the hitting camp hosted by Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, now in its 25th year.

Kicking off on Monday and running through Thursday, June 11, the camp tutors athletes ages 8 through 14 in baseball and fastpitch softball.

“I think from our standpoint, we just want to give them a great experience,” Naperville North’s Mark Lindo said. “I can really see improvement from yesterday to today.”

The camp teaches aspiring players the fundamentals of hitting with emphasis on basic mechanics of the game.

At the end of each session, the younger and older kids split off and show what they’ve learned in a scrimmage.

Balancing work and play is what keeps the camp going, and even camp alumni come back and help, like Lindo’s son Sean, now an instructor.

“It’s definitely something I want to do in the future, and I can see myself as a coach one day,” said the younger Lindo, who played at Oswego High School and now plays for the Chiefs. “You really do see a difference in the kids from beginning to end.”

Estimating that the price of the camp has gone up just $20 since its inception, WCC athletic manager and baseball coach Randall echoes his fellow instructors in what keeps parents and kids coming back.

“It’s fun to see the kids progress from Monday to Thursday. We wanted something that’s reasonably priced and for kids to gain something out of it.”

Photo: Sandwich resident Christian Latham takes his hacks during Day 2 of the 25th edition of Waubonsee Community College’s Hitting Camp in Sugar Grove. The camp, running through Thursday, June 11, is run by Waubonsee’s Dave Randall and Mark Lindo of Naperville North. Photo by Mike Slodki