Swing 4 Fences camp returning to Alpena

Local baseball players will have a chance to fine-tune their baseball skills in a few weeks.

The 5th annual Swing 4 Fences baseball camp will take place on Aug 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alpena High School baseball fields. Participants will take part in drills and be instructed on throwing, bunting, fielding at various positions and base running.

The camp was started by Alpena High alum and former University of Michigan pitcher Nick Alexander, who wanted to give back to the community.

“It’s about getting back to the community. It was my experience that baseball was one of those sports where kids got the chance to compete for scholarships and go on to play in college,” Alexander said. “It was my goal to provide more resources and improve baseball resources to help kids have those opportunities.”

The camp costs $50 for the day and is open to kids aged 8-18. The deadline to register is July 26.

Participants will be instructed by Alexander and instructors who have both major and minor league experience. For the first few years of the camp, Alexander said he averaged more than 100 kids and in the past few years the number has fallen somewhere between 60 and 100. This year, kids from out of the area in places such as Traverse City and Fenton will take part.

Alexander said he’ll keep the camp going for as long as he can and appreciates the interest from kids, especially those who are in between seasons.

“Everyone is very appreciative. The hardest thing is when it falls between baseball and football and trying to get kids to come out, especially if they’re playing baseball and their team has one a state championship, (usually) they’re still playing,” Alexander said.

For enrollment information, please visit swing4fences.org.