It was a fun, and productive trip to Mississippi for the LaGrange High baseball team.
The Grangers attended a baseball camp at Mississippi State last week, and it was “a great time” according to head coach Todd Herrington.
“We took a lot of our young players,” Herrington said. “The instruction was tremendous. The organization of the camp was tremendous. The enthusiasm was tremendous. Our guys really came together I thought. They had a good time with each other.”
The camp was a part of the team’s summer schedule.
The Grangers are playing a handful of games during the summer like always, but Herrington thought it would be a positive experience to do something a little different this year.
He looked at different camps to participate in, and he thought the Mississippi State camp would be ideal for his team.
“It was a great experience. We want to do it again,” Herrington said. “I want to do at least one team camp every summer. It may not be that one. We’d like to experience different places. But that’s one I’d definitely like to go back to.”
Over the course of the three-day camp, the Grangers played a handful of games, and they also received instruction from some college coaches, including the staff at Mississippi State.
“We played against teams that were older than us, but at the same time, they gained some valuable experience,” Herrington said. “There were a few from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas. It was a good mixture of schools.”
The Mississippi State coaches were unavailable the first day of the camp since the team was still playing in an NCAA regional.
“That first night, some junior college coaches were kind of running it,” Herrington said. “(The Mississippi State coaches) jumped right in the next morning after traveling and took over the camp.”
In addition to the players that were taken, Herrington said some former Grangers who have shown interest in going into coaching also went along.
“Coach (Lee) Phelps and I took them, and we took some of our guys that are aspiring coaches like Chas Pardue, Logan Hood and John Sweat,” Herrington said. “They all went with us. They were getting some coaching experience.”
As for the players, Herrington said it was a bonding experience.
“It was another opportunity for the guys to get together,” Herrington said. “We stayed in dorm rooms. It was a bit of a college experience. They experienced a tad bit of freedom. They had a good time.”