Vauxhall coach back in Stettler for youth clinic

Stettler’s baseball season is going into extra innings.

  • Aug. 14, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Baseball is on the upswing for Stettler minor players like Tye Mulgrove of the Vipers bantam AA team.

Stettler’s baseball season is going into extra innings.

Les McTavish, a former Stettler resident who runs the reputable Vauxhall Academy of Baseball, plans to conduct a youth clinic Saturday and Sunday at the two West Stettler Park diamonds.

“We’ll go for six hours each day,” said organizer Kurt Hoopfer. “We’re going to pack in as much information as the kids can soak up.”

There were still 10 spots available late last week, he said.

“We’re shooting for about 60 kids overall.”

The camp is for players aged seven to 16. They’ll be split into three age groups: 7 to 10, 11-13 and 14-16.

“It’s open to any boys, or girls who play baseball,” Hoopfer said.

The registration fee is $40 per participant.

McTavish plans to donate equipment to the Stettler Minor Baseball Association, Hoopfer said.

Local coaches will assist McTavish, the head coach and director of operations at Vauxhall.

McTavish grew up in Stettler and Slave Lake and went on to represent Alberta and play U.S. college baseball. He has been a coach since 1998, and scouts for the Seattle Mariners.

For further information on the Stettler clinic, contact Hoopfer at 403-742-7861.

SYDNEY POAPST AT WESTERNS: While most local teams have finished for the season, Stettler native Sydney Poapst was still in the thick of the action last weekend. She was part of Team Alberta for the Western peewee girls’ championship at Medicine Hat. Alberta reached the final, but lost 13-3 to British Columbia. The Albertans had a 2-2 record overall.

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