Skipjacks, Easton ROCKS team up in baseball
Chesapeake College players participate in middle-school clinic
EASTON Easton ROCKS and so, apparently, does the Chesapeake College baseball team.
The Skipjacks seemed to be a big hit at a recent baseball clinic at Easton Middle School hosted by Easton ROCKS (Recreational Opportunities and Clubs for Kids), a nonprofit organization that offers after-school youth development programs for Talbot County students.
"Our kids just loved it," said Albert Pritchett, who teamed up with Easton High baseball coach Paul Gancasz to offer a nine-week, twice-weekly baseball camp for Easton ROCKS participants this fall.
"My players enjoyed the experience every bit as much as the Easton ROCKS kids," said Frank Szymanski, Chesapeake’s athletic director and head baseball coach. "The kids were very attentive and really took our players’ instruction to heart. Both Albert and Paul give back a lot to the community their after-school baseball program is just one example of the great work they do in Talbot County."
Pritchett said the Easton ROCKS baseball program had "very good participation with an average of about 25 coming to each session." The participants received detailed instruction fielding, pitching, hitting, running, etc. during Tuesday sessions and then participated in intra-squad scrimmages on Thursdays.
Pritchett had a ready-made connection with Szymanski to set up the recent clinic. The two played together on the Salisbury University baseball team in the early 1990s.
"Frank has always been very supportive of local baseball Easton Little League, our program, and other local youth organizations," said Pritchett. "He’s just a real asset to the community."
Szymanski has made community service a major component of his baseball program since arriving at Chesapeake in 1999. His teams regularly participate in the annual Dr. Seuss Day reading program at Chapel District Elementary School and have conducted several successful food drives.
Last school year, baseball player Anthony Ragos spearheaded a drive that raised over $700 in cash and collected 80 bags of groceries as part of a "Hits for Hunger" program. Giant, Safeway, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, Target, and Tri-Me Warehouse in Ridgely were among the stores that contributed to the drive.
"It’s important that our student athletes see community service as a major component of the Chesapeake experience," said Szymanski.
The Chesapeake College baseball team and Easton ROCKS participants posed for a group photo after a recent clinic hosted at Easton Middle School for the after-school program participants. (Photo by Richard Midcap)
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