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More than 100 kids attend Robert Sapp Baseball Camp
Rick Mitchell of the Ogeechee River Dogs runs for first. The nine year old Blitchton resident won the coveted Hustle Award for the 14 and under division.

More than 100 kids from around the region attended the Robert Sapp Baseball Camp in Richmond Hill June 1-5.

The campers learned new skills and brushed up on their baseball basics.

"I learned a lot great techniques from the coaches," said nine year old Rick Mitchell, who won the 14 and under hustle award.

Robert Sapp has directed the camps since 1981 with the assistance from several of the top head baseball coaches in the state.

This is the second year for Sapp to host a camp in Richmond Hill. Next summer he has plans to also host a camp or coaches clinic at Hendrix Park in Black Creek.

Coach Sapp coached baseball for thirty five years and compiled a 915-210 win/loss record as head coach at Middle Georgia College and UGA. His MGC teams won four national championships and were runners-up twice. Twenty-one of his former players have played in the major leagues. Over 100 of his former players have played professional baseball and several will make appearances or work on the summer staff.

Coach Sapp is a member of the National Junior College Baseball Hall of Fame. He is retired and presently lives in Flowery Branch with his wife Nancy.

He continues to enjoy working with young people and giving them the opportunity to learn the game of baseball.

During the week, coaches broke the instructional parts down by days. The kids worked on pitching, running, fielding and awareness.

Each afternoon they put their new skills to action during practice games. On Friday, awards were presented to the camper that excelled in several categories.

In the 8-and-under division Aaron Warner won the Most Improved award, Chase Brown the Hustle Award,

Brandt "Lefty" Smith received the Best Play for his double play on the last day of camp. Other winners in the 8-and-under division were:



1st Chase Brown

2nd Jake Boram

3rd Scott McCormick


1st Jarret Karnibad,

2nd Chase Warren

3rd Nickolas Froude.


1st Will Webb

2nd Jake Jones

3rd Zack Moore


1st Brandt Smith

2nd Jayce Warren

3rd Malone Thompkins

Base running

1st Josh Zoufal time 15:18

2nd Luke Zwicker 15:90

3rd Matt Moore 16:16


9-10 year olds

Most Improved- Tyler Davis, Hustle Award- Jake Brown


1st Trey McManaway, 2nd Zach Lewis, 3rd Brandon Schwier


1st Blake Neal, 2nd Parker Jones, 3rd Jarrett Mullis


1st Tyler Harrison, 2nd Braden Sorge, 3rd Jacob Wigand

Base Running

1st Connor Fischer, 2nd Kyle Reagan, 3rd Evan Blasy


1st Matt Robertson, 2nd Tyler Pelley, 3rd Foster Reynolds


14 & Under (some of the ten and under played up an age group to help fill the field)

Most Improved Justin Phillips, Hustle Award- Rick Mitchel

Base Running

1st Grant Wilson, 2nd Ben Hulsey, 3rd Greyson Cook


1st Brennan Jamar, 2nd Kasey Green, 3rd Coby Royal


1st Jimmy Ward, 2nd Ben Hulsey, 3rd Jacob Sutton


1st Blake Wilson, 2nd Mikey Teston, 3rd (tie) Jeb Boyette and Chad Castle


1st Tanner Hicks, 2nd Kip Gibson, 3rd Zach Haines.

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