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Youngsters getting first taste of baseball alongside pros

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 17 2014 05:19:19 PM CDT

Dozens of little ones are stepping up to the plate for an annual baseball camp at FirstEnergy Stadium.

READING, Pa. -

Dozens of little ones are stepping up to the plate for an annual baseball camp at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.

"Just trying to introduce baseball in a fun experience for the first time for a lot of these kids," said head instructor Eric Valent, a Phillies scout.

Dubbed "Fundamentals and Fun," the camp is now in its fourth year, and also enlists the help of former Fightin Phils pros.

"[We] just get them exposed to it. If we can teach them one little thing and just make 'em wanna play baseball next year or something like that, I think we've done our job," said Valent.

It was a job accomplished for many of the two dozen kids present on Thursday, the first day of camp, meant strictly for "beginners."

"I wanna be a pitcher!" said Justice Brenna.

Kids as young as three-years-old came out to the ballpark. Older kids are up to bat during the final days.

"We always start with a little bit of fundamentals, some basic running, hitting and pitching. Then the kids play a little game and they get to have some pizza, play in 'Phunland,' get some autographs from the players," said Valent.

"We ran around the bases two times, and we did the stations and I had fun!" said player Lucas Laam.