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ROCKY MOUNT - First Annual Coleman-Pitt Post 58 American Legion Baseball Camp is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28 and 29 at Nash Central High School. 

It will be open to students in grades 6-12.

The purpose of this camp is to provide quality instruction from a highly experienced staff in the areas of hitting, pitching, catching, infield play and outfield play. This camp is also a fundraiser to support the Coleman-Pitt Post 58 American Legion baseball program.

The cost of the two-day camp is $75 if registered and paid by Dec. 20. Walk-ins will be allowed for $100.

The cost of the camp includes instruction, beverages and a t-shirt. Participants need to bring a glove, bat and protective equipment. Catchers need to bring full catcher’s gear. Participants should also bring sneakers in case of inclement weather. The camp will take place rain or shine.

Here is the two-day schedule:

Tuesday, Dec. 28

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Walk-in registration
12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m. - Check-in for pre-registered participants
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Warm-ups
1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. - Hitting camp
4:00 p.m. - Pick-up and departure

Wednesday, Dec. 29

12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. - Warm-ups
1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. - Defensive instruction
4:00 p.m. - Pick-up and departure

Camp instructors will be:

Pat Smith – Pitching - Head Coach, Rocky Mount High School, retired

Tony Guzzo – Catching - Head Coach, Nash Central Middle School. He has previous experience at coaching at N.C. Wesleyan, Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion, N.C State and Louisburg.

Neil Avent – Infield play - scout for the Oakland Athletics. Played collegiately at Wake Forest.

Billy Best – Outfield play - scout for the Atlanta Braves

Billy Godwin – Hitting - Head Coach, East Carolina University

Hank Jones  - Head Coach, Coleman-Pitt Post 58 American Legion Baseball Team.

For more information, contact Hank Jones at (252) 904-4995 or email him at hankjones@suddenlink.net.

NCMS: The 2010-2011 Nash Central Middle School Trojans’ basketball team opened up its season this past week with victories over Parker Middle and Elm City Middle.

The Trojans made their debut this past Thursday defeating the Pirates from Parker 50-31 and then followed that win with another at home 38-33 over the Vikings from Elm City.

The Trojans came out of the gates quickly at Parker, taking the lead early in the first period and never letting go.

Jerome Winfield led the way with 11 points after scoring the first 4 of the game.

Strong pressure defense from guards Thomas Cooper, Anthony Risien and Jacob Hunter kept the Pirates on the move and forced several turnovers.

Both Cooper and Hunter finished with 10 points each and Risien added 8. With a couple of starters battling early foul trouble Houshon Gaines came off the bench and added two points, but played great defense and was huge on the boards.

The Trojans led 20-15 at the half and poured it on in third and fourth periods stretching their lead and taking the victory home.

Last Tuesday night, the Trojans had their home opener against the Elm City Vikings.

This was a battle from the start and put opposing styles against each other.

The Trojans were pushing for an uptempo game and the Vikings were choosing the slow-it-down halfcourt game.

The Trojans led at the close of the first period 8-6 but their lead evaporated and turned into a 10-point deficit over the next two periods.

The Vikings did an excellent job of controlling the tempo of the game and keeping the Trojans from getting going.

Facing a hole and a sputtering offense, the Trojans changed defenses and started a charge in the fourth quarter.

Strong defense forced several turnovers and led to quick baskets. With the momentum on their side, the Trojans doubled their score in the fourth after being behind 26-19 to start the quarter and finishing with the 38-33 victory.

Leading the way offensively in the fourth quarter were the trio of Cooper, Hunter, and Risien with 15 points combined.

Cooper iced the game with seven clutch free throws at the end. Leading all scorers again was Winfield with 11.

The Trojans are now 2-0 and play their next two games on the road at South Edgecombe and at West Edgecombe.

The Trojans return home next Thursday against Southern Nash.

MUDCATS COACHES: The Cincinnati Reds have announced that the entire 2010 Carolina Mudcats coaching and medical staff have returned for the 2011 season. David Bell, Ryan Jackson and Jimmy Mattocks will return for their third season in a Mudcats uniform and Tom Brown will be back for his second season.

Bell, 38, will be the manager of the Mudcats for the third consecutive season, making him the longest tenured manager in Mudcats history. 

Bell guided the Mudcats to a 58-79 record in 2010 and has totaled a 123-153 mark in his two seasons at the helm of the Mudcats.
 
Bell played parts of 12 seasons in the big leagues with the Indians, Cardinals, Mariners, Giants, Phillies and Brewers. A member of one of Major League Baseball’s 3-generation families, Bell is the son of former third baseman Buddy and the grandson of former Reds great Gus.

Jackson, 38, returns for his fifth season in the Cincinnati Reds organization, third season with the Mudcats. 

He began his professional coaching career as the hitting coach at Class-A Sarasota in 2007 and 2008 before beginning his Mudcats assignment in the same capacity in 2009. 

Brown, 61, enters his fifth season in the organization and second with the Mudcats. 

He spent the 2007-09 seasons as the pitching coach for the Reds’ advanced Class-A Sarasota. Prior to joining the organization, he served as pitching coach for Triple-A Albuquerque (Marlins) in 2006.

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