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Summer baseball programs provide good experience
by Aaron Retherford
Jun 17, 2013 | 947 views | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local high school kids might have a shorter summer vacation, but summer baseball squads are getting in as much action as usual.

Reed’s summer “A” team is scheduled to play over 50 games this summer, while Spanish Springs will play around 40.

Spanish Springs recently hit the road and headed to Chico, Calif. to play in one of five tournaments this summer. Of the five tournaments, two are out of town. Spanish Springs baseball coach Ben Hofmann believes the out-of-town trips will help bring the players together.

“Right now we’re in Chico, so you have kids staying together and getting to know each other,“ Hofmann said. “It’s a little more relaxed. The guys work through some stuff and get together. They work on some team chemistry and just have some fun together.”

Both Spanish Springs and Reed coaches have similar goals when it comes to their summer programs.

“It’s what we anticipate to be our team next year,“ Hofmann said. “The idea is to get kids lots of at-bats and lots of innings on the mound and in the field. We bring up next year’s crop of juniors, so they play with us. Those kids get lots of at-bats and they learn to play together.”

Reed baseball coach John Phenix views the summer in the same way.

“I’m not really worried about wins and losses. I just want to see kids get equal chances to play and improving at their positions,” he said.

Phenix isn’t coaching this summer, but he is helping out with the field maintenance. Last summer, Reed’s field was unplayable, forcing Reed to go on the road much more than usual. Phenix said the field looks great. However, the Raiders are still without a working scoreboard.

Reed’s “A” team will play until the middle of July. Spanish Springs’ summer schedule ends July 13.

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June 18, 2013
So Phenix is the only head coach not working with his team this summer? Really .... Working on the field, isn't that what the parents were doing and bragged about last year?
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